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Contract awarded for I-10 widening

James Construction has been chosen by Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) for a design-build project that will widen a stretch of Interstate 10 from four to six lanes.

The contract execution and notice to proceed is expected by mid-August, with construction beginning early 2018.

The project will take approximately 2.5 years and includes the widening I-10 from four lanes to six lanes west of Highland Road to the LA 73 interchange, as well as the replacement of the LA 42 overpass structures.

The work is being funded by a combination of federal and state funds, including use of over US$40 million in congressionally authorized repurposed earmarks. The original cost estimate for the project was US$60m, but was increased and capped at US$72m to maximize the future utility of Highland Road.  

"We are moving the boundaries of innovation to deliver important projects for Louisiana, but this project is only one of many that are desperately needed to enhance the I-10 freight corridor," said Governor John Bel Edwards. "Our financial means are very limited compared to our need, but we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to deliver what we can."

"The reality is that major enhancements like this I-10 project will be very limited moving forward due to the current revenues for transportation," said DOTD secretary Shawn Wilson. "Waiting to invest results in more needs, more expensive project costs, and an overall lower quality of life for Louisiana citizens."

 

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This article was published on 15 Jun 2017 (last updated on 15 Jun 2017).

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