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Judge upholds Interstate 10 contract

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Posted: Feb 26, 2010 11:14 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 26, 2010 11:16 AM
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Topics: I-10, interstate, construction, contract, Boh Brothers, Coastal Bridge Co., William Ankner, DOTD, bridge, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

A state judge refused to throw out a $60 million contract the state awarded a New Orleans firm to widen Interstate 10 from Siegen Lane to Highland Road in Baton Rouge.

Coastal Bridge Co. of Baton Rouge wanted District Judge Tim Kelley to void Boh Bros. Construction Co.'s contract because the lump sum price in Boh's bid was not written in words as required by the state.

After the three bids were publicly opened in late January, the state Department of Transportation and Development allowed Boh to correct the error.

Coastal attorney Lewis Unglesby said he could not answer whether the company would ask the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to review the decision.

Coastal sued the state to try and get the contract.

Former DOTD Secretary William Ankner, who resigned Feb. 5, had said the key factor was that the Boh Brothers bid included the replacement of a bridge, not just widening the structure.

Coastal disputed the need for a new bridge because the structure is rated as good by DOTD.

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