DOTD terminates Jimmie Davis Bridge contract

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has determined that for reasons beyond the control of both DOTD and PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., the $23.4 million La. 511 Jimmie Davis Bridge rehabilitation project can’t be completed as originally contracted.

The contract has been terminated because of the inability to reach an agreement with the contractor on a plan or a price to address cliff swallows, a protected species of bird inhabiting the bridge.

“DOTD is diligently working on the next steps to move forward with this project, and it is important to note that the money allocated for this rehabilitation remains allocated to the La. 511 Jimmie Davis Bridge. While DOTD realizes the termination of the contract presents a delay of this project, it is imperative that the department act with the best interest of the state of Louisiana and its citizens in mind,” according to a press release sent Monday morning.