Louisiana issues notice for P3 to build Calcasieu River bridge
Louisiana – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) issued a notice of intent that it wishes to enter a public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Interstate 10 Calcasieu River Bridge.
I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge
The P3 project is part of LA DOTD’s larger I-10 corridor project extending from the I-10/Interstate 210 east interchange to the I-10/I-210 west interchange. The limits of the P3 Project extend from the I-10/I-210 west interchange to the Ryan Street exit ramp on the eastside of the bridge.
The Calcasieu River Bridge and the interstate mainline within the P3 project limits will be reconstructed to ensure that the vertical clearance, horizontal alignment, sight distances, and other road and bridge elements meet current design criteria. The segment of LA 378 (Sampson Street) from I-10 to Sulphur Avenue will be improved, and several access ramps and the interchanges at Sampson Street and U.S. 171 will be reconfigured as part of the P3 project.
The larger project extending from the I-10/I-210 east to I-10/I-210 west interchanges is in the environmental phase. Three alternatives have been identified as reasonable and will be evaluated in the EIS.
A fourth public meeting will be scheduled in spring 2021 to present preliminary findings that will determine which of these alternatives is preferred. A Record of Decision (ROD) is anticipated by the first quarter of 2022.
Letters of interest from firms responding to this notice of intent must be submitted no later than March 2. Separate requests for qualifications and proposals are expected to follow. Commercial close for the P3 project is anticipated by spring 2023.