Fort Polk Barracks to Receive $11 Million in Renovations

Landrieu: Fort Polk Barracks to Receive $11 Million in Renovations
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the barracks at Fort Polk will receive $11 million for renovations. The contract was awarded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In a July 19 meeting with Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter in Sen. Landrieu’s office, she pressed the Army to move forward with continued construction and renovations of new and current barracks at Fort Polk, which had been put on hold for roughly six months. The Senator continued her efforts to make this a reality in a Sept. 7, 2012, letter to Lt. Gen. Ferriter outlining additional quality of life needs for Fort Polk.
“Making sure that our soldiers and their families have the highest quality of life is critical to their wellbeing and to the future of Fort Polk. These renovations will have a dramatic, positive impact on soldiers’ daily health and wellbeing,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Today’s federal investment in Fort Polk illustrates the significance the Fort plays in the training and readiness of our troops. I’m proud to fight each and every day to improve the lives of our women and men in uniform.”
The renovation work involves restoration and modernization of the barracks. Among the improvements included are: the reconfiguration of the room layout to a single room module with both interior and exterior improvements to eliminate the moisture and mold prevalent to the barracks.
Today’s investment continues Sen. Landrieu’s long commitment to Fort Polk’s future. In February, Sen. Landrieu announced the purchase of 4,920 acres of land just south of Peason Ridge to expand Fort Polk. In September, the Army closed on an additional 8,448 acres in the same area, continuing the expansion.  The Senator is working closely with the Army as it continues to identify additional lands for acquisition and expansion. In July, she also secured $20 million to build a new South Polk Elementary School.