Northshore residents should be aware that the work to widen and overlay I-12 between U.S. 190 and LA 59 will begin in the upcoming weeks. James Construction Group, LLC, was the apparent low bidder for the project, which is estimated to cost $55 million. The construction will also include widening six existing bridges along I-12. DOTD is completing construction plans for the second phase of I-12 improvements in St. Tammany Parish, a future project which will widen the interstate between LA 21 and U.S. 190, scheduled for bid in the spring of 2020. DOTD is also preparing plans for a third phase of I-12 improvements from LA 1077 to LA 21. The stretch of I-12 between U.S. 190 and LA 59 sees over 76,000 vehicles per day. The project will add a third lane in each direction and include widening the existing bridges over U.S. 190, Ponchitolawa Creek, and Tammany Trace. Construction will begin in early 2020 and is expected to last approximately 2.5 years, weather permitting.