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$18M I-10 project from Henderson to Grosse Tete will last from April 2018 to June 2019

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DOTD announces an upcoming Highway Construction Project on I-10 from LA 347 to LA 77 in St. Martin and Iberville Parishes

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that beginning Sunday, April 1, construction will begin on an $18 million project on I-10 from LA 347 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge) to LA 77 (Grosse Tete) in St. Martin and Iberville Parishes.

The work is estimated to take place 24 hours a day with intermittent lane closures throughout the project with 15-minute intervals during the day for unloading and loading equipment. 

In addition, intermittent single lane closures will take place nightly on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather permitting.

DOTD's Chief Administrative Engineer, Bill Oliver, said the project is necessary because of all of the accidents that take place on the bridge. DOTD wants to keep the bridge safe for drivers for the years to come. 

 "This project is to do painting on the steel part of the bridge, which is Whiskey Bay, Bayou Pelba, and some other steel garter spans on some of the sections. That's to repaint the bridge and bring it back to good condition," Oliver said. 

Although the repairs mean longevity for the Basin Bridge, one LSU Commuter, Esperonza Garibay, said she has mixed feelings about the construction.

"It's usually the left lane it seems like, and the trucks are usually harrowing when both lanes are open, but you cant get around them, its really tight, and they are kind of right up on you. On the first week of school, when they had the lane closed there was an accident so it just added even more. There is a safety thing in that they are upgrading the bridge, but then there is a safety thing in that they are closing one lane," Garibay said. 

One father, Jason Brinkley, who makes the commute six days a week said the construction is going to make for earlier mornings and more time away from his family. 

"It could add up to 45 minutes to an hour in the morning, which would put me leaving at about 3:30 or even 3 o'clock. It could add up to an hour in the afternoons. Especially in the evenings with Baton Rouge traffic coming through there and then coming here hitting this construction it could be putting me home at 8 o'clock or later," Brinkley said. 

Oliver also said crews will be working 24 hours a day, so drivers should be careful on the road at all times. 

The road will be open to regular traffic with a 12-foot lane restriction on oversized loads passing through the work zone.

US 190 may be used as an alternate route.

The project will include cleaning, painting, and repairing of concrete and metal bridge structures and related work.

The project is estimated for completion in June 2019.

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