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Planning and design continues with LA 1 project

Planning and design continues with LA 1 project

Although not visible to the eyes, work does continue on completion of the elevated Louisiana Highway 1 roadway from Golden Meadow south to Leeville.

Known as “Segment C”, the next portion to be constructed will run approximately 3,400 feet from near the Apache Dock off Louisiana Highway 3235 in Golden Meadow to just over the ring levee below Golden Meadow.

According to Henri Boulet, director of the LA1 Coalition, construction bids are scheduled to be let in August or September of 2015 with construction commencing late next year. Work on that segment is tentatively planned for completion in late 2017.

The cost for this segment is approximately $40 million with the bulk of the funds coming from state capital outlay and a smaller percentage from private industry.

The segment to be built afterwards, known as “Segment A”, will run from the 90 degree curve on the current elevated highway in Leeville north towards Golden Meadow.

This portion will include a small overpass that will cross over the Bollinger Canal and is expected to carry a price tag of approximately $60 million, with funding likely from both the state and industry.

Once both ends are completed, work can begin on the longer middle connecting portion of roadway, known as “Segment B.”

The middle section, designed to span approximately six miles, carries a price tag, in today’s dollars, of some $235 million. Work on this segment will use the “end on” construction method, where workers and materials will be trucked onto the new existing span until the roadway connects with the southern end.

Boulet noted that the Coalition is hoping to use either Restore Act monies or a portion of the state offshore revenue sharing funds for this segment, monies that are slated to begin flowing to state coffers in 2017.

“There are several avenues where we’re seeking the funds to move the project forward but it’s still too early to know what the exact funding breakdowns will be for the last two segments,” Boulet said.