State sued over I-10 widening contract

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Posted: Feb 11, 2010 11:30 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 11, 2010 11:30 AM

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Topics: lawsuit, sued, I-10, contract, widening, project, Boh Brothers, Coastal Bridge Co., Baton Rouge, WBRZ

A Baton Rouge contractor that lost out in its bid to widen Interstate 10 is suing the state for awarding the contract to a New Orleans firm with the highest cost and longest time to do the work.

Coastal Bridge Co. wants a state judge to order the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to award the project to Coastal.

The $60 million state contract with Boh Brothers Construction Co., the winning bidder, was finalized Feb. 1.

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.

A hearing is scheduled Feb. 24

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