DOTD announces the third set of RFP invitations for the Loyola interchange in Jefferson Parish
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at 2:27:49 PM
Baton Rouge - Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced another significant advancement in an ongoing innovative procurement design-build project, the Loyola interchange improvements to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (LANOIA) in Jefferson Parish. After extensive review of the submitted statements of qualifications, DOTD has invited three design-build proposers to advance to the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of the design-build procurement for the project.

“Given the department is procuring another design-build project and DOTD’s first public private partnership simultaneously with the Loyola job, our staff is performing very well and maintaining the critical schedules identified to address the infrastructure needs of Louisiana,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson. “With a $13.9 billion backlog, DOTD under this administration will continue to pursue alternative means of funding and contracting to demonstrate what can be accomplished through innovation and working with private industry, local government and our federal partners,” Wilson said.

This project was advanced when the Edwards administration received a FASTLANE Grant in 2016 to widen I-10 to three lanes in each direction from I-49 to the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. The environmental process, traffic and preliminary engineering were accelerated at that time, and a firm plan to fund this languishing project was established. The estimated cost for the project is $95 to $125 million. The successful proposal will be identified by public opening in spring 2019. A contract execution and notice to proceed are anticipated in August 2019.

With the governor’s support, DOTD pursued approval of the Louisiana Joint Transportation Committee to utilize the design-build contracting process. This will expedite project delivery by combining the design and construction phases. The recommendation to advertise and solicit for the Loyola interchange project was approved Jan. 31, 2018. Three top design-build teams, all with design-build construction experience in Louisiana, have been selected to move to the proposal phase of the procurement.

Each short-listed proposer will be invited to submit a proposal identifying its ability to plan, design, construct and control the project in order to provide a quality product on or ahead of schedule for the anticipated budget.

The short-list can be viewed at this link.

The announcement comes about a week after the announcement of proceeding to the proposal phase of the I-20/I-220 Barksdale project, which will provide direct access from the I-20/I-220 interchange into Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.