The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) will open construction bids on Wednesday, October 6 for the highly anticipated elevated highway from Golden Meadow to Leeville. The State expects to work with the winning bidder to execute a contract for construction of Phase 2 of the LA 1 Improvement Project by the end of 2021.

The elevated two-lane highway will span 8.3 miles from its northern tie-in with LA Highway 3235 in Golden Meadow to its southern tie-in at Leeville, the site of a current 90-degree intersection connecting Phase 1 to the existing at-grade LA 1.

It will also cross the South Lafourche levee system, where a 400-feet-long, 21-feet elevated T-Wall will be built into the levee running along the top crown of the levee. The highway will cross over the levee with a 24-foot clearance.

Last summer, the LA 1 Phase 2 Project received a $135 million grant from the United States Department of Transportation’s INFRA Grant Program, providing the state 30% of the $445 million estimated cost. Another $150 million of construction funding will come from BP Economic Damage monies which was committed in Act 443 of state’s 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Additional funds were pledged through the state Capital Outlay Program, from the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, from Lafourche Parish Government, from local land owners and several oil & gas companies. The LA 1 Coalition also pledged funds representing buy-in from the nonprofit sector.

The Coalition would like to thank our matching partners for making our INFRA Grant so successful through a significant campaign of local entities demonstrating community buy-in with their match commitments.