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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy touts $52 million in infrastructure grants awarded to Louisiana municipalities and utilities at Donaldsonville event

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana released a statement after awarding more than $52 million in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grants to municipalities and gas distribution districts during a May 17 event in Donaldsonville.

“These funds will reduce the risk of explosions and reduce the amount of wasted methane that people pay for, saving people money,” Cassidy said in the announcement. “It also cleans up our environment. It’s a good investment of taxpayer dollars for the benefit of the people of Louisiana.”

In an effort to secure natural gas pipelines, nearly $1 billion will be awarded across the country over five years, including $392 million this year, the senator added.

As previously reported, the cities of Donaldsonville, Port Allen and Walker, the city of Berwick and the gas districts in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana parishes were grant recipients.

Similar funding was awarded last April, with more than $27 million going to municipalities in south and central Louisiana.

According to Cassidy, the IIJA has awarded more than $9.1 billion to Louisiana since the president signed it into law in late 2021.

The funding has gone to repairing bridges, building flood protection systems and expanding broadband in rural areas.

Cassidy noted that the city received the largest grant from Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, at $20 million, to replace 44.3 miles of natural gas infrastructure.

Sullivan said the gas pipeline improvement grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration “marks a pivotal moment for the city of Donaldsonville.”

“Senator Cassidy was instrumental in securing this funding and we are very grateful for his continued support,” the mayor said in the announcement. “This project is an investment in the future of our city and positions our community for continued growth.”

Gonzales Weekly Citizen and Donaldsonville Chief, part of the Louisiana-based USA Today Network, cover Ascension Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area. Follow at facebook.com/WeeklyCitizen and facebook.com/DonaldsonvilleChief.