On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards, DOTD and area officials marked the beginning of a major Interstate 10 widening project in Calcasieu Parish.
The project, according to the state, will widen 10.5 miles of I-10 to six lanes from the Texas state line to east of LA 108, replace and widen 10 bridges, and replace the eastbound weigh-in-motion system.
Construction will be condensed to three segments to minimize the impact to the traveling public, and work will begin on segment one from the state line to LA 109.
“Widening this stretch of I-10 will alleviate congestion and improve safety for residents and businesses,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Investing in Louisiana’s infrastructure has always been an important aspect of my administration, and the start of this project is another example of moving Louisiana forward.”
The project, estimated at $152 million, is expected to increase traffic capacity and enhance travel for the transportation industry.
The state says that the section of I-10 is part of the National Highway Freight Network, and over 1.6 million tons of freight are carried along the corridor each year.
“On behalf of the residents and businesses of District 47, I am thankful to the Governor, our federal delegation, Secretary Wilson, and DOTD to see these improvements being made to our area’s transportation system”, said Representative Ryan Bourriaque. “This area was impacted by storm events from August 2016 through today which reinforced the necessity to have reliable infrastructure options for this region.”
The project, awarded to Johnson Brothers Corporation, is anticipated to be complete in 2025, with progress dependent on weather conditions, according to the state.
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