Jan 23, 2014 12:47 PM by AP
HOUMA, La. (AP) - As the wait continues for congressional authorization of Morganza-to-the-Gulf, the state will begin design of the federal levee system's most expensive section this fiscal year.
The Courier reports the state has budgeted some $10 million for design of the Houma Navigation Canal Lock in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Terrebonne Parish Levee District Director Reggie Dupre said the lock has been in the design phase before but was eventually put in limbo.
The Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system has been in and out of congressional attention for more than a decade. Currently the project to better project Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes from storms has received all of its U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approvals. However, its passage through Congress is not certain.