210 Bridge

The Calcasieu Gaming Revenue District board on Tuesday updated an agreement that offers the contractor repairing the Interstate-210 bridge up to $750,000 in public and private dollars to get the work early.

The entities first approved the agreement last June with the state Department of Transportation and Development.

The gaming board’s decision to update it ratified approval last week by the Lake Charles City Council and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

Parish Administrator Bryan Beam said officials decided to make the agreement be directly with Kiewit Louisiana Co., the contractor on the I-210 bridge project. Work officially began Jan. 7, with the company giving a one-year timeline to finish the repairs.

“It was mutually agreed that it would be more beneficial for local entities to have the agreement with the contractor selected for the job,” Beam said.

The money offered in the incentive package remains the same. The parish-wide gaming pool — which includes the Police Jury and the six municipalities in the parish — will provide $375,000. The rest comes from private funds. The Calcasieu School Board, Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, L’Auberge Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Casino and the Lake Area Industry Alliance, are involved.

Beam said Kiewit will get $10,000 per day for the first 30 days the work is done ahead of schedule. It will receive $15,000 per day if the project is done up to 60 days early.

Entities have met with Kiewit officials over the last several weeks, Beam said. “They have been very open to this,” he said of the incentive package. “We’ve had good conversations as far as what we feel is a possibility to lower the timeline in this job.”

The I-210 work calls for re-decking the bridge’s 930-foot main span; building an inspection walkway underneath the bridge; improving barrier rails; and installing lighting.

Beam said the entities “will in no way compromise any safety on the project.”

Last July, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the contract includes a $25,000 penalty for each day the work goes past schedule.