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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Design work on elevated highway continues

Design work on elevated highway continues

Final design work on the first segment of elevated highway to eventually connect with the Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) overpass in Leeville is on schedule and expected to be complete in late spring of next year according to Henri Boulet, director of the LA1 Coalition.

Once the design work is completed and approved, Boulet estimates that a construction commencement date from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be approximately August or September of 2015.

The segment, which will cover some 3,400 feet in length, just over a half mile, will run from just south of the Apache dock in Golden Meadow to some 200 feet south of the ring levee below Golden Meadow.

The segment will slowly rise to an elevation of 26 feet above sea level when it reaches the ring levee in order to allow space for the levee to be raised in the future if needed.

“The Corps of Engineers signed off on the project but we’re having to go to this height in order to allow room for future levee upgrades. We’re glad that it was able to be worked out that these two important projects can coexist,” said Boulet.

Work on the elevated road between Golden Meadow and Leeville will use end on construction, meaning the road will be built in segments. Once the half mile, $46 million segment from Golden Meadow south to the levee is completed, the larger six mile segment approaching Leeville will be next up. That portion of construction carries a current day price tag of $235 million.

After that segment is complete, a final smaller segment will be built to eventually tie in at the existing Leeville overpass.