Louisiana DOTD offers lifeline to stricken Calcasieu P3

Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) has sought to keep the I-10 widening P3 project alive, despite the recent vote against it in the state legislature.

Credit: LaDOTD

The authority has extended the deadline for executing the P3 contract from December 3, 2023, to February 1, 2024.

The project - which includes the new Calcasieu River Bridge - has been hanging in the balance since the state’s Joint Transportation Committee voted not to proceed with the scheme, rejecting the proposal amid concerns over issues such as the tolling plan for the new bridge.

However, DOTD officials remain hopeful that a new approach can be hammered out that will be acceptable to the politicians.

DOTD Secretary Eric Kalivoda described the deadline extension as a step forward in the effort to continue exploring various options for moving forward with the project.