Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Eric Kalivoda, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, recently was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award. The award is the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) top award and is presented each year to someone who has "rendered continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or have made some exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering." Kalivoda has served on the executive staff as the deputy secretary for the past ten years.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and other top Louisiana officials signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on July 31 to begin construction on the deepening of the Lower Mississippi River from 45 to 50 ft. The project will provide deep draft access to the ports at Baton Rouge, New Orleans, South Louisiana, St.

After months of negotiations, the state of Louisiana has signed a deal with the engineering firm that was selected in January to serve as lead consultant on the new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge, clearing the way for planning to begin on the long-awaited project.

A plan to convert a section of Interstate 12 in the Baton Rouge area from shoulder space to a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction should be reality in 2021, Louisiana's transportation chief said recently. The idea, which first surfaced in 2015, was authorized by the state's Legislature last year through a bill that gives Shawn Wilson, secretary of Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), the authority to make the conversion.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced May 26 that the state's Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has selected Boh Bros. Construction Company to build three new bridges as part of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Road construction crews are hard at work across the state of Louisiana on several projects to improve Interstate 10, one of the South's busiest vehicle and freight corridors. In the Bayou State, the highway stretches 274 miles across the lower third of Louisiana from the Texas border east through Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, before turning northeast to Mississippi.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) broke ground in April on the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal Project in East Baton Rouge. The $353 million project, a joint collaboration of the LaDOTD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the city of Baton Rouge and the Amite River Basin Commission, is expected to remedy flood problems within the basin caused by excessive rainfall that results in headwater and backwater overflow, said LaDOTD Public Information Officer Brandie Richardson.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson announced April 24 another major milestone in the project to build a new access road into Barksdale Air Force Base from the I-20/I-220 interchange in Bossier Parish. A contract with James Construction Group LLC was signed and the notice to proceed was issued, marking the official beginning of the project.

Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, announced Feb. 5 the selection of the design-build contractor for the I-20/I-220 Interchange improvement project into Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier Parish. James Construction Group LLC was identified as the successful proposer with an apparent low bid amount of $71,818,850 and a proposed time of 912 calendar days during which to complete the project.

Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson joined Federal Highway Administration Division Administrator Wes Bollinger to sign a memorandum of agreement in regard to an approved federal bond granted to the state earlier this year.

Crews from Gilchrist Construction Company LLC have been working steadily on the $54.7 million Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) project along 2.7 mi. of Interstate I-10 to reconstruct and widen the four-lane (two lanes in each direction) section of highway.