Louisiana

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.

Yoder & Frey continues to build its team of territory managers with experience in the heavy machinery world, with the latest joiner being Alex Young, who will concentrate on Florida and the surrounding states. Based in Coconut Creek, Fla., Young joins the Yoder & Frey team to focus on developing the brand in the state of Florida, as well as the surrounding states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the State Street Redevelopment Project in Indiana, Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson and ACS Infrastructure Development Vice President of Project Management Noah Jolley have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation finance and leadership, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced July 16.

The demand for new housing across the south keeps Lloyd Landry busy year-round. His company, Lloyd Landry LLC, provides dirt work and several other services for some of the largest residential contractors in Baton Rouge, La. As the firm's owner-operator, he has steadily built his business and its reputation since launching in 2007.

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.

Sealevel Construction of Thibodaux, La., the company that has been awarded two major contracts for the state's Bayou Chene Flood Control Project, has now earned a National Excellence in Construction (EIC) award for its Falgout Canal Flood Control Structure in Dularge.

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.

In the wake of a train derailment on April 24, repair crews in Shreveport, La., have been standing by to fix and strengthen a key vehicle overpass damaged during the accident. The affected bridge carries traffic along northbound Louisiana Route 1, also known as Spring Street.

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.

Hurricane Harvey caused extensive damage in Texas and Louisiana during August 2017, including major devastation to the Vernon Lake dam and spillway in Vernon, La., which is the subject of a $1 million Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) repair project.