Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (DOTD) has entered into a Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contract with Boh Brothers Construction, which had been chosen in late May as the winning contractor from 11 companies interested in the scheme.

“This is the first time DOTD has utilised a contract of this nature to deliver services for a major multi-phased project,” said DOTD secretary Shawn Wilson. “This delivery method reduces the amount of contract time because it allows for the contractor and designer to work together much earlier in the design process. This collaborative process saves the state time and money, allowing for the overall construction of the diversion channel to be completed. With appropriate revenue, we could use this on a multitude of projects we have planned.”

Boh Brothers wll be responsible for the three new bridges over the future Comite River Diversion Canal as well as other works including temporary bypass roads.

Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by the end of 2021.

The building of the three bridges is just one phase of the overall project, which involves construction of a 19km diversion channel from the Comite River to the Mississippi River, as well as associated works including levees.