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NOLA Taps WSP to Deliver St. Bernard Corridor

[ February 2, 2024   //   ]

The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners voted Jan. 18 to expedite the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, a roadway for St. Bernard Parish that will connect the new US$1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) to the interstate system.
The board authorized Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy Christian to enter into a contract with WSP USA Inc. for consulting services to develop a public-private partnership strategy for the corridor. This will include WSP analyzing potential financial structures, delivery methods, project governance and stakeholder engagement, the port said.
The corridor project, long sought after by St. Bernard Parish leaders and residents, will consist of an elevated roadway connecting the planned container terminal LIT in Violet, Louisiana, with Interstate 510 to create a major artery for the parish.
The corridor will be a “parallel project” with the construction of LIT, the planned $1.8 billion container terminal to be built through a public-private partnership between the port and private terminal operators Ports America and Terminal Investment Ltd., the terminal development and investment arm of container line Mediterranean Shipping Co.
The State of Louisiana also committed US$50 million for the design of the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor. in June 2023, the Regional Planning Commission awarded a contract to GIS Engineering, LLC to study the corridor and other roadway improvements that will support LIT in Violet.
“We understand the critical need for this link in the transportation network to serve the public and to spur economic development,” said Max Nasser, senior vice president, WSP USA, Inc. “Our experience in successfully delivering critical projects internationally, through all traditional and alternative delivery methods, will serve the port, industry and partner communities well.”

A rendering of the St. Bernard Corridor, which will connect with the LIT. PHOTO: Port NOLA
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