DOTD provides update on the LA 20 Bayou Chevreuil Bridge Replacement Project

Published 2:30 am Saturday, April 8, 2023

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ST. JAMES PARISH- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces an update for the LA 20 Bayou Chevreuil Bridge Replacement project in St. James Parish.

Construction on this project was suspended due to the contractor defaulting on the contract. Negotiations with a bond company are underway to select a new contractor to finish the remaining work on the permanent bridge. Once this is completed, an updated timeline for the completion of the project will be given.

The bridge replacement was needed in order to move forward with a safety improvement project to widen LA 20 approximately three miles in St. James and Lafourche parishes. This project is anticipated to go to bid this summer. Both contractors will coordinate their construction efforts around both projects. Once the widening project begins, it is estimated to be completed in three years, weather permitting.

This $11.6 million project will replace the current bridge over Bayou Chevreuil with a new wider and longer structure that will be built along the same horizontal alignment as the current one.

DOTD appreciates the public’s patience and reminds motorists to please drive with caution through construction sites, and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region for which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.


For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please let us know how we may better serve you: Customer Service