Louisiana


Louisiana to Receive $216M in Stimulus Aid for Transportation Needs

Louisiana will be the beneficiary of $216 million in federal stimulus aid for the state's transportation needs, including $50 million for preliminary work on Interstate 49 in Lafayette, according to an announcement April 19 from Gov....


Finish of Baton Rouge's $343M Anti-Flood Project Pushed to Late 2022

The Comite River Diversion Canal, a long-awaited flood-control channel for the Baton Rouge, La., area, is expected to take a year longer than anticipated to build and will not be finished until December 2022, federal officials have announced....


Louisiana Plans to Spend $877M on 23 Square Miles of Coastal Projects

The Bayou State wants to spend $877 million in fiscal 2022 on coastal projects building more than 23 square miles of land and on advancing hurricane storm surge reduction work along the state's southeastern and south-central shoreline....


Restoration of Bird Nesting Habitat Begins on Louisiana's Rabbit Island

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced Jan. 12 that operations had gotten under way to restore Rabbit Island, the only Brown Pelican colony in southwest Louisiana. Located in the southwest portion of Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish, Rabbit Island is the first rebuild of a waterbird colony since the successful restoration of Queen Bess Island a year ago, which saw a dramatic increase in nesting activity immediately following its completion....


Louisiana Town Testing New Bid Process in High School Upgrade

As it prepares to make major renovations and additions to its lone high school, an East Baton Rouge, La., school district is testing out a building process it has not used before. Rather than submitting traditional bids, six companies in December offered "statements of qualifications" laying out why they should manage the work at Central High School, in the town of Central, La....


Louisiana DOT Replacing Bridges on Opposite Ends of State

Crews will soon get to work to replace a small road bridge in northwest Louisiana, while far to the southeast, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, a temporary span across Bayou Chevreuil is already being built to carry traffic once efforts ramp up on a longer, wider bridge in 2022....


Hurricane-Ravaged Lake Charles, La., to Get New National Guard Center

Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2021 on a 60,000-plus sq. ft. National Guard readiness center at Chennault International Airport. The $24 million Lake Charles Readiness Center will be the future home of multiple Louisiana National Guard (LANG) units who experienced damage to their armory during Hurricane Laura....


Louisiana Highway Connecting Port to I-49 on Fast Track for Construction

A new 10.5-mi. highway that will provide direct access from Louisiana's Port of Caddo-Bossier to Interstate 49 is on a fast track for approval. The DeSoto Parish Police Jury (DPPJ) and Port of Caddo-Bossier commission members at their separate meetings Dec....


Louisiana Secures Alternative Funding for $366M Flood Protection Project

Louisiana officials have announced that construction on a $366 million flood protection project will begin using an alternative financing plan approved by the state legislature earlier this year. The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) said Dec....


Racing to Beat the Next Hurricane Season

Work is under way to construct a permanent floodgate on Bayou Chene near Morgan City, La., that will provide backwater flood protection for six parishes in the path of Mississippi and Atchafalaya river overflows that result from high water events....






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