Yesterday, with approval from the Capital Area Road and Bridge District (CARB-D), the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) released a Request for Qualifications for pre-construction activities for a new Mississippi River Bridge and Connectors in the Capital Region. The RFQ closes on August 29, 2019, and can be found on DOTD’s website.
At the end of the 2019 legislative session, Governor Edwards’ administration committed $5 million to the CARB-D to fund federally required pre-construction analyses critical to the development of a plan to build a new river crossing. The resulting RFQ, which was prepared by DOTD in collaboration with representatives of CARB-D commissioners, seeks an engineering consulting firm to conduct enhanced planning, the first stage of these pre-construction analyses.
“It’s pleasing to see the momentum building behind the construction of the much-needed new Mississippi River Bridge in the Capital Region,” said J. H. “Jay” Campbell, Chairman of the CARB-D. “This RFQ will help the bridge project to be shovel-ready, and will determine the bridge’s physical location, the use of potential toll fares, and more essential information.”
CARB-D will be involved in the selection process of the firm that is chosen to conduct the analyses, ensuring that the priorities of the local communities most affected by a new bridge and connectors are kept at the forefront of the project.