The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Monday that 19 projects around the state recently received bids. According to the DOTD fifteen contractors presented apparent low bids totaling $51.1 million.

Well, as the adage goes, all politics begins at home. So, if Louisiana is going to spend in excess of $50 million on road and highway improvements...what's in it for the people in this part of the state?

DOTD Boss Highlights Major Caddo Parish Project

“As 2022 moves into its second quarter, we’re pleased to announce 19 new projects around the state,” said DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn D. Wilson, “There are several overlay projects. There are also several projects to enhance the safety of the traveling public, most notably the installation of flashing yellow arrow signals throughout Caddo Parish.”

Three Projects for Caddo Parish

Topping the list of total expenditures for the region is Caddo Parish, with more than $12 million in improvements planned. These include milling, patching and overlay on LA 538 between U.S. 71 and LA 1 at $789,945. Plans to add left turn lanes on LA 1 at Regal Dr. are priced at $3,721,842. And the costliest project, flashing yellow arrows throughout the parish, coming in at $7,592,903.

A Pair of Jobs for Bossier

Across the river in Bossier Parish a pair of projects are in the works. An exit ramp extension on I-20 eastbound at LA 157 at will cost $846,087 and a shared-use trail in north Bossier will run $640,163.

One Plan for Webster and It's a Big One

And for Webster Parish, one major project is taking shape. That's the replacement of Dorcheat Bayou Bridge on LA 160 at a cost of $9,387,832.

When bids for projects are received, the “apparent low bidder” is identified, though the process of actually finalizing and awarding the contract takes about 30 days. Bids deemed outside of a projected range usually call for a more extensive review. If a review is deemed necessary, the DOTD may opt to have the project re-bid.

To see the complete list of statewide projects, their location and projected costs JUST CLICK HERE!

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