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Jul 2, 2013 8:38 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

I-10, I-55 flooding prompts road raising plan

State transportation officials are launching a $2.8 million project to raise Interstate 10 near LaPlace and Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula to address flooding issues in those areas.
The work comes about 10 months after I-10 was shut down near LaPlace because of extensive flooding from Hurricane Isaac.
State Department of Transportation and Development spokeswoman Lauren Lee says crews will begin work sometime this summer to raise I-10 at LaPlace about 15 inches at a low point in the roadway. The project is expected to be completed in September.
Officials are currently designing a project to raise a low point at the north end of the I-55 elevated bridge near Ponchatoula. Construction is scheduled for spring 2014.

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