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DOTD pursues design-build contract for I-10 expansion project

2 months 1 week 6 days ago September 28, 2016 Sep 28, 2016 Wednesday, September 28 2016 September 28, 2016 9:59 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – DOTD has announced plans to move forward with the widening of seven miles of I-10 between Highland Road and LA 73 in Ascension Parish by pursing a design-build contract.

On Wednesday, DOTD issued a Notice of Intent seeking a design-build firm to widen the section of the interstate. The NOI can be viewed here. The project includes widening 1-10 a quarter mile west of the I-10/Highland Road interchange to east of the I-10/La 73 interchange from two lanes to three in each direction. The design build contract is estimated upward of $60 million and will be funded with federal funds.

"The widening of I-10 in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes is a priority for the state," DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said. "With the full support of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Governor Edwards, we're able to utilize the innovative design-build method to move us one step closer to reducing congestion and enhancing safety along this heavily traveled freight corridor."

Funding for the project is also available by DOTD re-purposing more than $40 million in funds.

"While actions by DOTD under this administration demonstrate what can be accomplished through innovation and by working with our federal partners, Louisiana's major transportation needs cannot be addressed without an additional long-term investment from the state," Wilson said.

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