Chamber eyes December project launch.
- A private partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the roughly $800 million project
- Chamber to ask Gov. John Bel Edwards, LADOTD to launch project in December
- Building commencement planned for August 2020
The Chamber of Southwest Louisiana plans to seek a private partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new, six lane structure that will replace the existing I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge.
The chamber, following approval of the SWLA I-10 Task Force’s recommendations for the project on Tuesday, will now work with legislators to file any legislation necessary to pursue the estimated $800 million public-private partnership. The body will also request that Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) issue an RFP for the project by December 2019.
Construction is slated to begin in August 2020, according to documents from the SWLA 1-10 Task Force. The chamber intends to build the bridge without incurring debt or using tax revenues.
LADOTD in June of last year shortlisted three teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel replacement project. The teams were:
Connect One Bridging Partners – Kiewit Development Company, John Laing Investment, DIF Infra 5 US (Equity); Kiewit Infrastructure South (Lead contractor); Volkert (Lead designer) American Roads (Tolling operator)
Plenary Infrastructure Belle Chasse: Plenary Group USA Concessions (Equity); Traylor Bros and Massman Construction JV (Lead contractor); Huval & Associates (Lead designer); Plenary Group USA Concessions/Kapsch TrafficCom USA (Tolling operator)
UBP Belle Chasse Development: United Bridge Operating, Figg Bridge Group (Equity members); Belle Chasee Builders JV (Johnson Bros Corporation/ Figg Bridge Builders) (Lead contractor); Figg Bridge Engineers (Lead designer); UBP Dominion (Tolling Operator)
LADOTD intends for the private sector to provide an estimated $125 million in funding for the project. A preferred proponent decision is reportedly anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.