September 3, 2019
This is the most recent highway update I received from DOTD for Senate District 18…
Project Description- Highland and I10
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 12:56 PM
By CHRISTINA OLIVER
LA 42-Highland Rd. (ASCENSION PARISH) – A road closure will take place on LA 42 (Highland Rd.) from the I-10/Highland Rd. Eastbound Off/Westbound ON Ramp Interchange to the I-10/Highland Rd. Eastbound On Ramp/Westbound Off Ramp Interchange.
The closure is set to occur daily from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM beginning on Monday, September 16, 2019 until Saturday, September 28, 2019.
This closure is necessary to install steel girders for Highland Road Overpass.
Commuters may travel I-10 WB to Siegen Lane Interchange and I-10 EB to LA 73 Interchange as detour routes.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
– James Construction Group, LLC
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
% 65.34 complete % Time elapsed – 58.58
Contractor continues to work on sidewalks and driveways from Little Prairie Church to Rouse’s. Crews continue to backfill curbs and sidewalks for weeks to come. The contractor began laying the 5” base course from McCrory Rd. to North Lake Dr. and will continue in the weeks to come. Motorist should expect a traffic shift just past Autumn View to LA 44 for construction on the outer westbound lane. The contractor has begun the removal of existing road in preparation for construction of new road.
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.
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 – September 16, 2019
Project Cost – $1,517,844.72
% Complete – 93.31 % Time elapsed – 80
Contractor has completed pouring concrete drives. Items left for completion of project include permanent striping, signs, loop detectors, hydro-seeding. Currently the contractor is working on dirt work on the foreslopes. Upon completion, crews anticipate beginning striping.
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 – TBD
Project Cost – $3,501,304.95
% Complete – 32.11 % Time elapsed – 23.33
LA 44/ LA 933 awaiting partial acceptance. LA 44/Causey Rd awaiting partial acceptance. LA 44/LA 935, LA 44/LA 621, signal head installation has begun at both of these locations. LA 44/LA 931 all utilities have been cleared and contractor has begun working on subsurface drainage.
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 – September 10, 2019
Project Cost – $2,118,387.76
% Complete: 41.17 % Time elapsed: 78.67
Crews have completed subsurface drainage. Mast arms have been installed and old signal poles have been removed and chipped down. Contractor has completed all dirt work and interlayer. Crews have installed 2” of binder course from N. Bryan to the railroad at N. Edenborn Ave. Contractor has begun pouring curb along LA 3038 on both sides. This work will continue throughout this week and next, weather permitting. Once all the curb is in place crews plan to put a 2” lift of binder course.
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 – May 29, 2020
Project Cost – $5,633,333.69
% Complete: 8.89 % Time elapsed: 11
Contractor has begun subsurface drainage on LA 22. Crews have begun hauling and grading dirt to begin embankment widening along LA 70 in preparation for cutting lime and soil cement. Contractor will continue working on lime and soil cement this week.
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 – July 8, 2019
Project Cost – $2,540,448.16
% Complete – 97.13 % Time Elapsed – 90
Awaiting final acceptance.
October 15, 2018
PRESS RELEASE FROM DOTD:
Sunshine bridge damage extensive, remains closed
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Additionally, the link below is a map of current and immediate state highway projects within DOTD District 61, which includes Senate District 18.