LAFOURCHE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The next step in the LA 1 corridor project could be on the way soon.
This after “the second phase of the LA 1 corridor project was let,” according to Gov. Edwards and DOTD.
The apparent lowest bid for this construction project is $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,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “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.”
Louisiana DOTD provided a breakdown of what phase II is going to involve:
- Consists of the 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
- Design of this structure will allow it to be built using “top-down” construction methods for the protection of sensitive wetland and marshes in the surrounding areas
- Road work, highway lighting, ITS items and the construction of a levee T-wall
U.S. Congressman Garret Graves also commented on the LA 1 bid announcement:
“We are about to see this historic investment pay off and build on hundreds of millions of dollars in investments from bipartisan infrastructure bills with real solutions. It will ensure LA 1 remains accessible during weather events and protect the critical energy hub in Port Fourchon. But under the infrastructure legislation currently falling apart before congress, this grant wouldn’t come to Louisiana. This is why we will continue to sound the alarm that Louisiana won’t get a fair shake the way things stand. US DOT criteria will be determined by a politicized process that would send most major infrastructure grants to places other than south Louisiana. We will keep working toward real transportation and infrastructure solutions and making the right investments to address Louisiana’s priorities and advance our country.”
The second phase of the LA 1 corridor project could start early next year.