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2013 Louisiana Transportation Conference Session 65
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Baton Rouge River Center

2013 Louisiana Transportation Conference Partnerships for Progress in Transportation
Mega Projects Session (I-12 to Bush)

I-12 to Bush Agenda
 Inclusion into TIMED Program
 History of the project’s evolution  Environmental & Corps process  How did we get to where we are ?  What’s next for this project ?  Alignment Fly Over

TIMED Program
• Established by Act 16 in 1989 General Session of Louisiana State Legislature. • Funded with 4-cent per gallon fuel tax • Mission: to “foster economic development throughout the State of Louisiana and enhance the quality of life for its residents through an investment in transportation projects.” • LTM (Joint Venture of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Michael Baker, Jr, (formerly LPA) & GEC, Inc.) was hired by DOTD in 2002 to manage the Program.

TIMED Program
• 16 Projects (11 Roadway Corridors) • 125 Project Segments • 500+ Miles Roadway

Widenings
• 3 Major Bridges over the

Mississippi River
• New Orleans International

Airport
• Port of New Orleans

Proposed highway: LA 3241 Bush, LA to I-12.
• New 4-Lane Highway
• Limits: LA 40/41

intersection in Bush, LA to Interstate 12
• Approximately 19.5

miles
• 4 Practicable

Alternates

I-12 to Bush
(History of Corps Decision)
• August 1979 -- First Public Meeting held. • 1981 -- new alignment study underway • 1985 -- DOTD studies another new alternate connecting to LA 1088 • 1985 -- Plan preparation began on the northern section (LA 435 – Bush) • 1989 -- DOTD initiates design of middle section (LA 36 to LA 435) • In 1989, Senator Rayburn includes LA 3241 in the TIMED legislation.

• Jan. 1990 -- DOTD submits a permit request to the Corps of Engineers. The Corps returns
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•  

the permit application to DOTD in March 1991. Mid 1994 -- Right-of-way acquisition begins Oct. 1995 -- DOTD again submits a permit application to the Corps of Engineers Late-1995 -- Right-of-way acquisition suspended due to permit difficulties Nov. 1996 -- DOTD withdrew the Corps of Engineers permit request submitted Oct. 1995. In early-1997 -- Senator Short formed a Task Force to keep the project moving. Dec. 1999 -- a permit application was submitted to the Corps of Engineers. May 2000 -- Public Meetings are held to discuss the new proposed alignment.

I-12 to Bush
(History of Corps Decision Con’t)
 March 2001 -- DOTD withdraws permit application from the Corps  Jan. 2002 – DOTD hires a consultant to prepare an EA and coordinate with the

Corps to secure an approved alignment and permit.
 In 2002 -- LTM hired by DOTD to manage the TIMED Program.  In 2005 -- EA contract completed -- Corps did not accept the document.  In 2006 – DOTD hired another Environmental consultant to assist in obtaining

Corps concurrence on alignment and permit.
 Thenceforward, LA DOTD Corps application:
DOTD applied for Corps permit October 2006 Completed Environmental Assessment (EA) August 2008 Corps decided that EIS was required August 2008 Final EIS Release March 2012 Record of Decision (ROD) issued June 2012

I-12 to Bush
(History of Corps Decision Con’t)
1st Public Meeting LA 3241 to ROD issuance  approx. 33 years
Still required for Corps permit:
Water Quality Certification (WQC) from LA Department of

Environmental Quality (LDEQ)
Mitigation Plan (must be complete, approved, and

implemented prior to construction)
 Also still need FHWA concurrence with the Corps document and

preferred alternate.

Environmental Study Area
• St. Tammany Parish
• 245 square mile area • Bounded by:  LA 21,  US 190,  I-12,  US 11, and  LA 41 • Includes Abita Springs, Pearl

River, and portions of Slidell, and Covington

DOTD’s stated proposed Need
• As an alternative North-South connection that would potentially

reduce congestion and delays for those traveling from Northern St. Tammany and Washington Parishes to I-12.
• The proposed project could increase safety by reducing the

amount of traffic on existing routes (LA 41 and LA 21/LA 59/US 190) and thereby reducing the potential for accidents.
• Additionally, the resulting travel time savings would help

support/enhance potential economic development in northern St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
• Finally, the applicant is obliged to construct a 4-lane (or more)

highway from Bush, Louisiana to I-12, Louisiana to comply with Louisiana Revised Statute (R.S.) 47:820.2.B (e).

US Army Corps (New Orleans Division) defines the Need as…
• …meeting the legislative mandate in R.S.

47:820.2B(e) which requires that “the Louisiana highway 3241 to Bush, LA…shall be constructed as a four-lane or more highway.”

How did we get to the ROD?

I-12 to Bush (How did we get to the ROD?)
FEIS Environmental Document included:
            

Public Involvement Plan Notice of Intent Threatened and Endangered (T&E) Species Report Noise Study Technical Report Traffic Study
Economic Study (How would project improve Washington Parish’s economy?)

Hydrologic & Hydraulic (H&H) Report Drainage & Wetland Analysis Waters of the U.S. Delineation Reports Direct Wetland Impact Analysis Line and Grade Study Clean Water Act Section 404b analysis Scoping Reports

I-12 to Bush (How did we get to the ROD?)
 64 Alternate alignments were originally developed  Reduced to 17 through evaluation process
 Several further refined and combined  13 alternate alignments carried forward in process

 Two-Phase Screening process of 13 remaining
 Fatal Flaws
• Directly affects Mitigation Banks • Directly affects Military Installations • Requires new Interchange that violates AASHTO 1 mile spacing

 Alternates Development screening
• • • • Legislative Mandate Arterial Linkage Time Travel Savings Traffic Congestion Reduction

 4 Alignment Alternates successfully navigated through the screening process.  Alternate Q is the Corps’ preferred alternate selected from the FEIS.

Study Alternates

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Alternates Carried Forward

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What’s Next for the I-12 to Bush Project ?

I-12 to Bush
Advertisement for Engineering Services
Ad expected February/March 2013
Pre-Construction services: • Topographic Survey • Preliminary Roadway and Bridge Plans • Geotechnical Services • SUE Services Additional Services via Supplement • Final Roadway and Bridge plans • Property Surveys, R/W maps, Title reports, etc. • Construction Support – if necessary • Traffic Management Plan (TMP) – if necessary

One Advertisement for all three (3) projects – No Team will be awarded more than one (1) project segment.

I-12 to Bush
 Project Segments:
 Segment #1:  Segment #2:  Segment #3:

I-12 to LA 36 LA 36 to LA 435 LA 435 to LA 40/LA 41

 Design Criteria:
 Rural Arterial Roadway (RA-3) – portion of Segment #3 (RA-2).  4-lane divided highway

12’ lanes 10’ outside shoulders 4’ inside shoulders Median width varies (40’-60’) R/W max. width = 250’  Design Speed: 70 mph  Controlled Access throughout project (except at crossing highways)
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LA 434 Looking Southbound toward I-12

LA 434 Looking Northbound

Looking down Railroad Embankment

LA 41 Looking Northbound at LA 21 Intersection

LA 21 Looking Southbound Near Bush

Alignment Fly Over

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