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Low bidder selected for new 4-lane highway in St. Tammany Parish

By: - July 26, 2021 5:35 pm

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development selected the low bidder for construction of the first segment of a new four-lane highway in St. Tammany Parish. (Image source: DOTD).

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Monday the apparent low bidder for the construction of the first segment of a new four-lane highway in St. Tammany Parish. 

The bids were “let” or opened on July 21. Brown Industrial Construction LLC presented the apparent low bid of just under $46 million for the first of three segments of the LA-3241 project, according to a news release from the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. 

Bids for the second segment will be opened later this year, and bids for the final segment are scheduled to be let in 2023. After all segments are complete, the project will ultimately consist of a four lane highway that connects LA-41 in Bush to Interstate 12.

The project is part of the Louisiana Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) Program, which consists of 16 statewide projects and began in 1989 when voters approved a 4-cent increase to the gas tax to fund them. The TIMED Program was later accelerated through the sale of bonds.

Two of the major projects of the TIMED Program include the John James Audubon Bridge in Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes and the wider Huey P. Long Bridge near New Orleans. The LA-3241 project is the 15th TIMED project to move forward.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.