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State awards $5.4M in local road projects

State awards $5.4M in local road projects

Three state road projects in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are expected to begin later this year after construction bids were received last week.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced low bidders for 24 projects, totaling $58 million.

Local projects total more than $5.4 million, including: a 9.5-mile asphalt overlay project on La. 1 near the Valentine Bridge, adding a turn lane from La. 182 onto La. 24 in Houma and installing a mini roundabout at Audubon Avenue and Ardoyne Drive in Thibodaux.

“These projects demonstrate what the state can do and what this administration is willing to accomplish when resources are provided. Despite our funding problems, we will continue to do what we can so motorists will continue to benefit from roadway and safety improvements,” state Transportation Secretary Shawn D. Wilson said.

The largest project, repaving La. 1, will mill, patch and overlay the highway from the Valentine Bridge to Elson Lane, and replace and clean the cross drain under La. 1.

The contract was awarded to Boh Bros. Construction Co. for about $4.8 million

Construction could begin as early as May, with an estimated completion date of spring 2020, Brandie Richardson, DOTD public information officer, said in an email this week.

Eighty percent of the project is financed by federal dollars, with a 20 percent state match from the preservation program, she said.

Also in Lafourche Parish, the parish’s first roundabout will be installed at Audubon Avenue and Ardoyne Drive on the Nicholls State University campus this summer.

LA Contracting Enterprise was the low bidder at $270,000.

Construction is scheduled to begin over the summer to minimize campus traffic disruption, Richardson said.

The project is fully funded through a federal local roads safety program, she said.

In Terrebonne Parish, the apparent low bidder for the turn lane project on La. 182, New Orleans Boulevard, was Barriere Construction Co. for $293,000.

The right turn lane will be added for drivers turning south onto La. 24, West Park Avenue. Construction could begin as early as May, with an estimated completion date this summer, Richardson said.

It is being paid for with an 80 percent share of federal money and 20 percent state money from the operational efficiency and traffic systems program, she said.

DOTD contractors will also begin replacing the Coteau Road bridge over Bayou Terrebonne Monday.

The bridge, between West Main Street and West Park Avenue, will be closed to traffic from Monday to Oct. 31.

Drivers can use the Jody or Darlene Bridges as alternate routes.

Contractors will be removing the existing bridge and replacing it with culverts and new roadway. The construction contract was awarded to LA Contracting Enterprise LLC for $1.3 million.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.