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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Work moves forward on LA 1 project

Work moves forward on LA 1 project

Design plans and engineering specifications continue to progress on the “Segment C” portion of the LA1 elevated highway project south of Golden Meadow.

This segment of the improvement project will consist of an elevated roadway from just inside the Golden Meadow corporate limits going south and connecting with the Leeville overpass.

In order to make the project more feasible, this work will be constructed in three portions, beginning with phase 2C, which will run for about a mile from Golden Meadow south, paralleling the current Louisiana Highway 1.

The final plans are approximately 60 percent complete, with finalized permits expected near the end of July and a contract let date scheduled for October of this year.

The cost estimate for this segment stands at $46 million, with the state expected to place some $25 million for the project in the capital outlay bill during the current legislative session.

According to Henri Boulet, the executive director of the LA1 Coalition, the group spearheading the highway upgrades, the preliminary design and plans for phase 2A are complete. This elevated roadway segment will run from the current Leeville overpass north for about a mile with a projected price tag of a little over $43 million.

The largest segment, 2B, will run for six miles between the first two segments and will consist of another overpass crossing the Bollinger Canal. Preliminary design plans for this largest segment are complete and the cost estimate stands now at $230 million.