The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced construction is moving forward to reconstruct La. 88/89 from the Vermilion Parish line to La. 182. The $6 million project will resurface 9.3 miles of roadway and install new traffic markings and drainage structures.
"The progress we have made on the La. 88/89 project has been substantial," said District Engineer Administrator Bill Oliver. "Part of this advancement can be attributed to the amount of resources the contractor has allocated to the project to ensure we meet the estimated completion deadline of fall 2012."
Since construction began in April 2012, the contractor has completed nearly forty percent of the entire project, including most drainage work, rehabilitation of the roadway foundation and chip sealing the roadway from the Vermilion Parish Line to U.S. 90. In the coming weeks, contractors will chip seal U.S. 90 to La. 182. At the same time, the first lift of asphalt will be placed from the Vermilion Parish Line to U.S. 90. Once the final lift of asphalt is completed, driveways will be tied into the asphalt.
Serving more than 6,000 cars per day, La. 88/89 is a vital corridor to local government offices, educational institutions as well as agricultural and oil related industries.
For the duration of construction, motorists can expect to incur daily lane closures and should use caution, paying attention to work crews and their equipment as well as the reduced speed limit throughout the construction zone.