KTBS » This process is called the Precast Reinforced Concrete Pavement whereby the pavement is cast in another location. This is the first time the process has been tried in the State of Louisiana, but the Federal Highway Administration has had success with the process in other parts of the country.
The Advocate » The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. Opponents of the pipeline argued Friday that federal regulators didn’t perform their due diligence when they decided to allow the project.
Westport News » The city needs about $11.6 billion to bring key parts of its infrastructure into “this century,” said city official Katie Dignan. That means repairing the roads, the infrastructure under them — sewer, water and drainage — as well as other parts of the drainage system that empties the city of water when it rains. Dignan said the city has about $2 billion available, some from FEMA to mitigate Hurricane Katrina damage and some from other sources.
The Associated Press » A federal judge refused Tuesday to order a temporary halt to construction of a crude oil pipeline through a river swamp in south Louisiana, a setback for environmental groups challenging the project. Environmental groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Jan. 11. The lawsuit accuses the Corps of violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws when it approved a permit for the Bayou Bridge pipeline project in December.
The Advocate » The Joint Transportation Committee, without dissent, approved state officials pursuing the use of federal bonds to finance the work. The proposal still faces an array of state and federal steps. A key part of the package is $350 million aimed at widening I-10 from the Mississippi River bridge to the I-10/12 split, which could start in 2019 or 2020.
The Advocate » Hailed by oil industry advocates as a needed link in the state’s industrial infrastructure during a boom in the petrochemical sector, the pipeline will carry crude oil between a hub in Lake Charles and a terminal in St. James Parish but also cut through the environmentally sensitive Atchafalaya Basin.