DOTD raising awareness about construction zone safety
Posted on 9/8/2017 2:04:00 PM.

The state department of transportation is raising awareness about construction zone safety. DOTD reports a shocking uptick in accidents along I-10 in Acadiana, where crews are working to widen the interstate in each direction. Deidra Druilhet with DOTD says work zones come with different driving conditions.

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Construction jobs keep growing in Louisiana
Posted on 9/3/2017 4:57:00 PM.
By Jeff Palermo
Based on data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, 1.9 million people have a jobs in this state. That's an increase of 12,000 from a year ago. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says because of an industrial boom in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, the construction sector is doing well.
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DOTD redesigns interstate barriers amid flood complaints
Posted on 8/18/2017 10:47:00 AM.

Amid claims a concrete barrier on I-12 worsened flooding last year, the state department of transportation will redesign the walls on new construction projects. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says two inch tall openings stretching 12 to 24 inches wide will be put in the walls every so many feet.

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Cable barrier installation to begin this week in Caddo, Desoto parishes
Posted on 8/15/2017 2:46:00 AM.

Cable barrier installation is set to begin this week in Caddo and Desoto Parishes along I-49, according to the state department of transportation. Erin Buchanan with DOTD says this is one of the larger cable barrier projects in the district with a total 41 miles to be installed. Most of that will be in Desoto Parish.

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Work begins to waterproof base of State Capitol
Posted on 7/20/2017 11:18:00 AM.

Work begins this week to waterproof the first six floors of the State Capitol. Jacques Berry with the Division of Administration says scaffolding is up around the base of the building. And he says the front doors to the tallest building in the city will remain closed over the next year.

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Report: 70% of Louisiana contractors anticipate hiring more workers in 2017
Posted on 1/11/2017 10:35:00 AM.

2017 is looking good for construction workers in Louisiana, as the Associated General Contractors of America finds 70% of Louisiana contractors anticipate hiring workers this year. Chief Economist with AGC, Ken Simonson, says the strongest category appears to be hospital construction, but the industry is expecting plenty of work in other sectors as well.

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ABC ranks Louisiana best business climate for construction
Posted on 12/8/2016 5:35:00 AM.

A report from Associated Builders and Contractors ranks Louisiana as the best business climate for construction. Vice President of Governmental Affairs with ABC of Louisiana, John Walters, says that’s due in large part to legislation state lawmakers have passed that benefits the construction industry.


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US 90 roadwork in Lafayette Parish set to begin
Posted on 8/7/2014 10:55:00 AM.
A 57-million dollar construction project is set to begin on US 90 in Lafayette parish as crews will expand that highway from four to six lanes from Ambassador Caffery to Albertsons Parkway. State department of transportation spokesperson Deidra Druilhet says they are upgrading US 90 to interstate standards as part of a larger plan to extend I-49 South. 
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Work to begin soon on Sabine River Bridge in DeSoto Parish
Posted on 11/24/2013 3:47:00 PM.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to replace the Sabine River Bridge on U.S. 84, in DeSoto Parish. Construction is set to begin in January 2014 and it will cost $20 million. Susan Stafford of the Louisiana Department of Transportation says the current bridge was built in 1936 and the construction is for structural improvement. 
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Interstate 10 Widening Project Complete
Posted on 6/18/2013 1:18:00 PM.
After four years of work, the Interstate 10 widening project between Siegen Lane and Highland Road in Baton Rouge is now complete. The $60-million dollar project adds an additional lane in each direction on the heavily traveled corridor.
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