belle chasse bridge & tunnel
replacement Project
State Project No. H.004791

Project Overview

The Judge Perez Bridge and Belle Chasse Tunnel serve as the primary access points for the residents, businesses, and industries of western Plaquemines Parish. Both the bridge and tunnel are located on the LA 23 corridor, which has a current traffic volume in excess of 33,000 vehicles per day.

 

The movable bridge began operating in 1968 and the tunnel in 1956. These structures are near the end of their design life span. Currently, there is a need to replace unreliable and inefficient infrastructure due to frequent, costly, and unpredictable operations for repair and maintenance which impact the public’s ability to travel.

 

In 2017, the Louisiana Joint Transportation Committee approved the use of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to deliver the replacement project. This project is LADOTD’s first P3 and is paving the way for this delivery method to be utilized on other state projects. Several public sources of funding were secured to execute the project.

$45M

USDOT Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant

$34.4M

Federal/state funds allocated to DOTD

$12M

Regional Planning Commission

$12.5M

GARVEE Bonds

The project will replace the existing bridge and tunnel with a fixed-span, 4-lane bridge. Replacement of these structures will allow for safer and more reliable access for the residents, businesses, and industries in Plaquemines Parish. Improving the connectivity via this corridor will address the current conditions and operational constraints created by aging infrastructure.

Construction Timeframes

SUMMER 2020 SUMMER 2020
2020-2024 2020-2024
Late 2023 Late 2023
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024
SPRING 2024 SPRING 2024

SUMMER 2020

Design input on bridge and park

2020-2024

Lane closures, construction

Late 2023

Demolish tunnel

SPRING 2024

Open new bridge

SPRING 2024

Relocate Veterans Park

SPRING 2024

Take down old bridge

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Timeline of Events

DateEvent
DECEMBER 2017LA Joint Transportation Committee approved the use of a P3
FEBRUARY 2018LADOTD issued a Notice of Intent
JUNE 2018LADOTD shortlisted 3 teams to submit proposals
MARCH 2019LADOTD received the proposal from Plenary Infrastructure Belle Chasse
DECEMBER 2019LA Joint Transportation Committee authorized the execution of the P3 contract
2020 – 2024Design/Construction
2024Bridge Operational

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