DOTD earmarks Jackson Parish for 2023 roadway projects

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced on February 23rd that 21 projects around the state received bids recently. Seventeen contractors presented apparent low bids totaling $87.9 million.

Included in the extensive roadway and infrastructure improvement plan are Milling, patching, and drainage projects on LA Hwy 155, LA Hwy 148, and LA Hwy 499 in Jackson Parish. Total bid amount on all three comes to $2,119,567.28. 

“We’re starting 2023 with quite a few infrastructure improvements throughout Louisiana,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “This letting includes a lot of much-needed roadway rehabilitation projects that will certainly translate into a smoother ride for those that travel these corridors. These projects will benefit our residents and visitors, as well as the local contractors that will do the work.”

Additional projects slated for north Louisiana and accepted bid amount 

(1) Interim repair of Hearne Avenue Bridge on LA 3094 in Caddo Parish: $297,000.00
(2) Milling, patching, and drainage on LA 120 between Sabine Parish line and LA 6 in Natchitoches Parish: $10,781,403.7
(3) Milling, paving, and drainage on LA 516 between U.S. 371 and LA 792 in Bienville Parish: $2,872,734.70
(4) Milling, patching, overlay, striping, and drainage on LA 17 between Richland Parish line and 1.5 miles north of Darnell in West Carroll Parish: $6,876,019.15
(5) Milling, patching, overlay, and signalization on U.S. 80 between LA 617 and Ouachita River Bridge in Ouachita Parish: $5,531,934.08
(6) Multiuse path along Meridian Speedway Railroad in Lincoln Parish: $2,935,327.00

When bids for projects are received, an “apparent low bidder” is identified, although the process of actually finalizing and awarding the contract takes about 30 days. Bid prices deemed outside of a certain range or exceeding the project budget typically trigger a more extensive evaluation. DOTD will continue to monitor increases in bid prices related to supply chain and workforce issues. After a review, DOTD may opt to have the project re-bid.

Construction projects are prioritized by road/bridge condition, urgency of improvements, type/volume of traffic, crash records, unforeseeable emergencies that caused damage, and several other factors.

For more information about these projects, please visit



To report an issue or typo with this article – CLICK HERE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *