Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

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DOTD chief says project backlog is $13.4B

Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said the construction backlog for the state now stands at $13.4 billion, which is an increase from where it stood when he was first took over the department in January 2016.
“People need to understand the backlog is really unmet needs on our system today,” Wilson said in an episode of The LaPolitics Report that will be released this week.
So what does that include? According to Wilson it’s the lanes of transportation that take you to and from work and school and all points in between.

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St. Landry, Acadia projects are among bid openings

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced today that 25 projects were let on September 13, and 16 contractors presented apparent low bids. The bids totaled $84.7 million.
The projects and their apparent low bids are as follows:
U.S. 190 superstreet project in St. Tammany Parish: $9,169,117.44.
Livonia signage enhancement project in Pointe Coupee Parish: $156,099.25.
Clearview operational improvements in Jefferson Parish: $1,560,614.59.
I-20 patching and overlay in Caddo Parish: $20,204,196.66.

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A road closure at West Maple Avenue and Bobcat Drive is to start Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Road closure to start Tuesday

The replacement of the bridge on West Maple Avenue and Bobcat Drive will result in an additional road closing beginning Tuesday.
La. 91, which is Maple Avenue, has been closed for the bridge project since Jan. 16 for Phase 1 of the project.
That phase, bridge removal and replacement, has been completed, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Phase 2 of the project, reconstruction of the intersection of Maple Avenue and Bobcat Drive and completion of the bridge replacement, is to begin Tuesday.

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La. residents favor taxes for transportation infrastructure improvements

More than half of Louisiana’s residents favor raising taxes to support transportation infrastructure. The state is in need of federal transportation funds, but recent events show it is unclear when the state will get it.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources the state has sent a request to President Trump outlining its transportation funding needs, which includes dredging, the Causeway Bridge, LA1 and additional ferries.

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