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Because it is America's Energy Corridor, U.S. Highway 90- from Interstate 49 in Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway in New Orleans- should be upgraded to interstate status.

A report was compiled to support the designation of U.S. Highway 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans as "America's Energy Corridor." By promoting the Energy Corridor as such, stakeholders hope to secure much-needed funding for the completion of the upgrade of the highway to interstate standards. Efforts have been made in the past decade to enhance U.S. 90, but improvements have been slow and inconsistent. Designating U.S. 90 as "America's Energy Corridor" will shed new light on the project and expedite its completion.

The Corridor forms the key link in the energy supply chain by connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the industry's integral infrastructure in Louisiana and the entire United States. The concentration of energy companies, ports, supply bases and other related infrastructure along the Energy Corridor sustains the vital production of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. The current U.S. Highway 90 will continue to hinder the efficiency of transporting goods, services and people for both on and offshore activities. As oil is discovered at an increasing rate on the Outer Continental Shelf, an upgraded interstate with a higher capacity is needed to accommodate the resulting increase in commerce.

Unlike any other highway in the nation, the 140-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 90 from Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway in New Orleans has one of the highest densities of energy workers in the nation; and 24% of Louisiana's population resides along the corridor.
The Energy Corridor passes through nine Louisiana parishes and provides vital access to: four of the six deep draft ports in the state, nine airports all having fixed base operations, the busiest industrial corridor in Louisiana, a top ten industrial corridor in the U.S. in terms of jobs per capita, and more navigable water miles than any other region of its size in the U.S.

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