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“Louisiana’s ports fuel much of the nation’s commerce. This critical funding is great news for Avondale, and, importantly, it will support jobs on the Westbank.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $9,880,000 in funding from the Department of Transportation to convert an aging wharf at the historic Avondale shipyard site to a modern cargo dock.

“Louisiana’s ports fuel much of the nation’s commerce. This critical funding is great news for Avondale, and, importantly, it will support jobs on the Westbank,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy in June wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao asking her to consider Jefferson Parish’s application for the Avondale Dock Conversion Project.

This funding will support an estimated 2,000 new jobs, improve traffic flow and allow the Avondale Industrial Marine District’s port facility to handle cargo more effectively from the Westbank.