March 06, 2019

This is the most recent highway update I received from DOTD for Senate District 18…


Project Description – LA 431 – Realign Curve

Contract Time – 75 Working Days

Contractor – Coastal Bridge Company

Project Cost – $1,491,410.85

Project Start Date – August 31, 2016  – Anticipated Completion Date – January 8, 2019

% complete – 98.33                                                               % Time elapsed – 163.99


Current Work: Awaiting final acceptance.



Project Description – LA 42 – Widening and Improvements

Contract Time – 850 Calendar Days

Contractor – Barber Brothers Contracting Co., LLC

Project Start Date – November 24, 2017 – Anticipated Completion Date – Nov. 8, 2020

Project Cost – $27,482,012.38

% 46.5 complete                                                                  % Time elapsed – 37.32


Current Work: Turn lane to remain closed until work is completed in this area (intersection of LA 73\LA 42 thru to Airline).  Eastbound right turn lane onto LA 73 and Airline left turn lane southbound onto LA 42 will remain closed until all work on LA 42 between LA 73 and US 61 has been completed.    Crews continue to cut soil cement in widening sections along LA 42 in both directions.  The existing bridge has been removed.  Installation of 11×11 boxes had begun there are still 11 boxes needing to be set.  This work will continue through the week and weekend, weather permitting.  There will be a closure of AP 929 between LA 42 and La Rochelle Rd. for base improvements the week of Mardi Gras.  There will be a full road closure of AP 929 on Monday, March 4th, beginning at 8:00am until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6th. Closures will be northbound and southbound directions on AP 929 between LA 42 and LA Rochelle Road to make base improvements along AP 929. No permit or oversize loads along with emergency vehicles will be able to pass. A signed detour will be in place utilizing LA 42 to LA 930/Parker Road/LA 44.




Project Description – LA 431 at LA 934 – Intersection Improvement (Gold Place)

Contract Time – 60 Working Days

Contractor – LA Contracting Enterprises, LLC

Project Start Date – January 2, 2018 –       Anticipated Completion Date – April 18, 2019

Project Cost – $1,517,844.72

% Complete – 38.09                                                                % Time elapsed – 36.67


Current Work: Contractor has fully mobilized to begin work on January 7, 2019. Crews

have begun working on subsurface drainage along LA 431 at the intersection of Gold

Place and LA 431. This work will continue for the weeks to come.



Project Description – LA 44 Turn Lanes at 5 intersections

Contract Time – 120 Working Days

Contractor – KCR Contractors, LLC

Project Start Date – July 23, 2018                      Anticipated Completion Date – April, 24, 2019

Project Cost – $3,501,304.95

% Complete – 24.16                                                               % Time elapsed – 23.33


Current Work: LA 44/ LA 933 intersection has concrete drive at Veillon’s Food Market

that has been formed in preparation for pour. Concrete drive and permanent striping are

left for completion. All widening, and paving has been completed at this intersection. LA

44/Causey Rd. has permanent striping left for completion. All widening, and paving have

been completed at this intersection. LA44/ LA935, LA44/ LA621, and La 44/ LA933 are

all in utility conflict.



Project Description – LA 3038 Cornerview – Rehab and Turn Lane

Contract Time – 75 Working Days

Contractor – R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors

Project Start Date – September 27, 2018  Anticipated Completion Date – TBA

Project Cost – $2,118,387.76


Current Work: Utility relocation in progress.



Project Description – US 61 – Turn Lane Improvements at LA 621

Contract time – 45 Working Days

Contractor – Barriere Construction Co.

Project Start Date – July 13, 2018                      Anticipated Completion Date – January 1, 2019

Project Cost – $596,610.64

% Complete – 92.89                                                               % Time Elapsed – 84.21


Current Work: Awaiting Final Acceptance.


Project Description – LA 22 and LA 70 Geometric Improvement

Contract Time – 200 Working Days

Contractor – Barriere Construction Co.

Project Start Date – August 18, 2018        Anticipated Completion Date – TBA

Project Cost – $5,633,333.69


Current Work: Utility relocation in progress.


Project Description – LA 30 Turn Lanes at S. Purpera and S. Hodgeson

Contract Time – 50 Working Days

Contractor – Command Construction Industries

Project Start Date – September 18, 2018  Anticipated Completion Date – March 18, 2019

Project Cost – $794,004.34

% Complete – 72.89                                                              % Time Elapsed – 84.48


Current Work: Contractor has completed paving binder course on the mainline of LA 30 and along with turnouts.  The wearing course is 90% complete.  S. Purpera still needs wearing course and will be completed, weather permitting.


Project Description – LA 22 Rehabilitation

Contract Time – 100 Working Days

Contractor R. J. Daigle & Sons Contractors

Project Start Date – December 5, 2018     Anticipated Completion Date – May 07, 2019

Project Cost – $2,540,448.16

% Complete – 35.44                                                                 % Time Elapsed – 25


Current Work: Paving and milling operation has continued this week February 25th, and will continue throughout the month of March.  There will be intermittent lane closures Monday-Friday from February 25th through all of March, or until milling and paving is complete. The closures will occur along LA 22 between US 61 (Airline Highway) and Interstate I-10. No oversized loads greater than 10’ wide will be allowed through the construction zone during these intermittent lane closures.  Flaggers and appropriate signage will be present in order to direct traffic during the closures.


October 15, 2018


Sunshine bridge damage extensive, remains closed

BATON ROUGE — Inspections of the Sunshine Bridge/LA 70 concluded that key load-carrying components of the bridge suffered significant damage after a crane on a barge collided with the southwest portion of the bridge on Friday. Because of the extensive damage, permanent repairs to the bridge are necessary prior to reopening it  to vehicular traffic.  The Department continues to find damage to the structure.
Bridge engineers are in the process of finalizing a design to execute the repairs. Once that design is finalized, successfully modeled and we have a better idea of what resources are needed and available, an estimated project timeline will be released.  However, the timeline is believed to be months rather than days.
“The damage is to key members of the bridge and has rendered it unsafe to traffic,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “While we have identified a contractor and are moving forward with expediting this work, it is important to know there is not an easy fix for this kind of damage. There is no temporary fix that will allow us to safely open the bridge.”
The Department will continue to work with local law enforcement and state police to mitigate and refine traffic patterns and detour routes.
During the duration of the Sunshine Bridge closure, additional ferry service hours will be:
Monday thru Friday, a second boat will run from 5:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 7p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, the first boat will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: the second boat will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When two ferries are in operation, they are scheduled to depart every 15 minutes. When there is only one, it leaves every 30 minutes (Departs Plaquemine at :00 and :30. Sunshine at :15 and :45).
The possibility of reopening the White Castle ferry has been ruled out for several reasons.
There is a lengthy process to implement a new ferry route. River traffic falls under the authority of the US Coast Guard and any additional traffic would require their approval. Additionally, since we no longer have property access to the former landings at White Castle, we would be required to obtain access from landowners and permission to build on the levee by the Corps of Engineers.
Motorists are also encouraged to use the Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate river crossing.
Call 511 or visit for additional travel information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-800-ROAD-511 (1-800-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at, by selecting MYDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.


May 4, 2018

Maurepas, Ama and Union Diversions

Here is the latest information on the Maurepas, Ama, and Union diversion projects from the Department of Transportation and Development.

PO-0029_Project Overview_20180326

April 25, 2017

History of Revenue Collection from the Gasoline Tax

The state has had a tax on gasoline and other fuels for several decades, a portion of which is dedicated to spending on roads and infrastructure construction and maintenance. The gasoline tax, as it is often called, has been adjusted a few times in its history as revenue collections have failed to keep pace with inflation (in construction costs, for example) and in revenue needs for infrastructure. The last increase in the gasoline tax took effect in the 1990-1991 Fiscal Year, when the gasoline tax was raised to 20 cents per gallon, where it remains today.

In the 2017 Regular Fiscal Session, the Legislature will consider raising the gas tax.

Click Here to See a History of Gas Tax Revenues Over Time.

March 23, 2017

The Department of Transportation and Development, after studying traffic patterns, accidents, and congestion, has determined that a traffic signal is warranted at the intersection of La. 74 and La. 928 (Bluff Road). Although no firm date was given in the letter I have posted here and made available for your viewing, DOTD intends to install a traffic signal “as soon as possible.”

DOTD Letter Regarding La. 74 and Bluff Road Intersection


September 29, 2016

I have been provided a document with highly detailed information on upcoming road projects and improvements. The document contains detailed and helpful maps that make it easier to understand exactly where improvements will be made and what those improvements will be. I hope you find them informative.

August 2016 Detailed Project Program



September 16, 2016

The linked spreadsheet contains the most current list/update of construction and improvement projects in our DOTD district, which includes the tri-parish area comprising Senate District 18.

DOTD August Construction Update


August 10, 2016

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has submitted its Highway Program for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year, which details DOTD’s proposal for projects that are scheduled for construction during the fiscal year. The list is sorted by parish and gives some limited details about the nature of the project. Included in the link below is general information from the Highway Program Proposal and the list of projects for Ascension, Livingston, and St. James parishes.

District 18 Highway Program for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year



The linked list of projects below (“Senate District Road Projects) includes all projects that have been approved for the parishes of Ascension, Livingston, and St. James. Priority 1 projects are the highest priority with cash and line of credit availability for the project. Priority 2 projects are similarly high in priority and often include line of credit funding for projects that also have Priority 1 funding. Priority 5 projects have been approved but are not in line for immediate funding; they have been judged worthy of merit and funding but will take longer to move into Priority 1 status. This list is current from the Capital Outlay Legislation approved by the Louisiana Legislature and the Governor in the 2016 sessions.

Senate District Road Projects

Additionally, the link below is a map of current and immediate state highway projects within DOTD District 61, which includes Senate District 18.

Highway Program Priority Map