Louisiana DOTD receives federal approval for I-10 widening in Capital Region

The department can move forward with purchasing right-of-way and begin the design process

March 02, 2021 / 2 minute read
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The Louisiana DOTD (LaDOTD) recently announced it has received notice that the extensive environmental assessment of the I-10 reconstruction and widening project in Baton Rouge received federal approval.

LaDOTD said a Finding of No Significant Impact was issued by Federal Highway Administration. The department can move forward with purchasing right-of-way and begin the design process.

“This is a significant accomplishment in moving this much-needed project forward,” LaDOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., said in a statement. “Past efforts to make these necessary improvements have never reached this stage, and it’s a testament to this administration, the local, state and federal officials, and the hard-working staff of DOTD that we have reached this milestone.”

In November, the LaDOTD announced that Kiewit/Boh, a joint venture, has been selected as the contractor for phase one of the I-10 widening project from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to Essen Lane on I-10 and I-12 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Phase one of the project is from just west of Washington St. to Essen Lane on I-10 and I-12, which has an estimated construction cost of $716 million.

Kiewit/Boh, AJV, was one of four proposers who submitted letters of interest earlier this year, as well as one of three who submitted statements of qualifications, as part of a delivery process called construction management at risk (CMAR). Each of the three teams were comprised of nationally known contractors and each one had a strong presence of Louisiana companies. CMAR uses a design professional who is engaged by LaDOTD for professional pre-design or design services, or both. LaDOTD contracts separately with a CMAR contractor to engage in the pre-construction and construction phases. The selection team included two private sector representatives.

It is anticipated that construction on phase one of the widening project could begin by the first quarter of 2023. A substantial part of the project will be funded using Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) Bonds. A minimum of $360 million of GARVEE proceeds will go toward construction of this phase. Additional contributions include $12 million from the City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge Government and $24 million through the Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC).

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SOURCE: Louisiana DOTD

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