DOTD sets La. 13 project bids
Capitol News Service
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is scheduled to open bids on two Acadia Parish highway construction projects in March that are expected to cost between $600,000 million and $1.25 million, according to information obtained from the department.
Both projects call for repairs to LA. 13. The patch and overlay of 4.1 miles of LA. 13 from .2 miles north of the Vermilion Parish line to a point 1.15 miles north of LA. 92 is expected to cost between $500,000 and $1 million, according to DOTD documents.
The other March bid opening will be for scour repair to .03 miles of LA. 13 at Long Point Gully. That cost of that project is expected to be between $100,000 and $250,000.
In December, H&S Construction of Broussard submitted the low bid of $318,658.35 for the asphalt overlay and related work on LA. 342 from the Lafayette Parish line to LA. 35.
There are currently five highway construction projects recently completed or ongoing in Acadia costing more than $10.8 million, DOTD documents show.
The asphalt concrete overlay of 7.36 miles of LA. 91 from its intersection with Egan Road and LA. 98 was originally scheduled for completion on January 9 by W.E. McDonald & Son at a cost of $3,788,456.
Three other projects are scheduled for completion in March. They include .44 miles of LA. 13 (Parkerson Avenue) from First Street to Court Circle, scheduled for completion March 8 by Merrick Construction Co. at a cost of $5,025,983; March 2 completion date of interchange lighting of I-10 at LA. 95, by Allrite Electric at a cost of $557,698; interchange lighting of I-10 at LA. 1111 by Ernest P. Breaux Electric, scheduled for completion on March 21 at a cost of $589,071, and a May 11 completion date of the Wikoff Cove Road bridge over Bayou Wikoff by Gilchrist Construction at a cost of $89,969.
The department announced in December that it will cut planned expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year 2009-2010 which ends June 30.
The DOTD announcement said it will proportionally reduce funding for all special legislative projects as part of the mid-year, across-the-board 7.56 percent budget cuts made by all state agencies.
Additionally, the December 17, 2009, budget forecast projected a $23.9 million shortfall in the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), prompting the department to cut its operating budget by $15.9 million, its statewide construction programs by $6 million and the parish transportation fund by $2 million.
Of the 20-cent-per gallon state gasoline tax, four cents is dedicated to Louisiana’s Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) and the remaining 16 cents - plus vehicle registration fees - flows into the TTF.