Louisiana awards contract for second phase of road project

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development recently awarded the contract for phase two of the LA 1 corridor project to James Construction Group. The group bid $463.6 million.

“I am excited to see this day come that we can begin another major project that has been on the books for years but has lacked funding,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “The completion of this project will strengthen the nation’s economic security by providing stability to the oil and gas industry that relies on the services provided along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. This is a sign of progress and a commitment to recovery of this region.”

The second phase will include construction of an 8.3 mile two-lane elevated structure on LA 1 in Lafourche Parish that will connect the communities of Golden Meadow and Leeville, construction of a levee T-wall, and highway lighting.

The structure has been designed to protect sensitive wetlands and marshes.

Preliminary work is expected to start early next year.

Phase one was completed in 2012. It included a high-rise bridge over Bayou Lafourche and a nine-mile elevated highway.

The state previously received a $135 million federal Infrastructure For Rebuilding America Grant toward the project.