Belle Chasse Bridge & tUnnel replacement public-private partnership project

Location: Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Dates: August 2018 – Ongoing

HUVAL is the Lead Designer on the Traylor / Massman DBJV and Plenary Infrastructure team for the new Belle Chasse Bridge, Public-Private Partnership Project, including the urban arterial approach roadways and toll system.

The Belle Chasse Project consists of replacing an existing vertical lift bridge/tunnel pair on Belle Chasse Highway (LA 23) with one four-lane fixed-span bridge over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). This project will improve connectivity from Lapalco Boulevard (LA 248) to Woodland Highway (LA 406). The project includes a toll on the new bridge to help fund construction costs as well as operations and maintenance for the duration of the toll.

The Rio Grande Railroad is directly adjacent to the project corridor and also crosses the GIWW. It requires numerous at-grade roadway crossings, signalized intersections, and navigation protection and lighting.

HUVAL has coordinated these elements of the project to meet contracted schedule requirements.





– Project Management


– Structural Design Planning
– Traffic Management Planning


– Structural Bridge Design

– Roadway Design

– Geometric Design

Key Project Members

David Huval Sr. P.E. – Principal

Bob Schmidt P.E.- Design Manager

Thomas Gattle III P.E.– Roadway Design Manager

Michelle Helminger P.E.– Roadway Design Engineer

Rudy McClellan P.E. – Lead Bridge Design Engineer

Matthew Hebert P.E. – Bridge Design Engineer

Colby Guidry P.E. – Design QC



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