Gov. Edwards and Louisiana DOTD break ground on I-10 expansion project today

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) broke ground on the I-10 expansion project today.

According to the Louisiana DOTD, Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. broke ground on the design-build project that will widen Interstate 10 from four to six lanes east of Highland Road to LA 73.

The governor, secretary, state and local officials all came together at the Blue Bayou Water Park ceremony.

I-10 construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018. 

Governor Edwards said, "we continue to move Louisiana forward with roadway projects like this one that, once completed, will benefit private and commercial transportation."

Louisiana DOTD said in a press release that the $72 million project is being funded by a combination of federal and state funds, including use of over $40 million in congressionally authorized repurposed earmarks. 

"We are pleased to be breaking ground on this much-needed expansion of I-10,” said Secretary Wilson. "Over 95,000 motorists travel this segment of I-10 every day, and the new lanes will help to increase safety and reduce travel times. This project has major benefits to the state and is another step in improving our residents’ quality of life." 

The construction project is estimated to take two and a half years and includes the widening of I-10 from four lanes to six lanes west of Highland Road to the LA 73 interchange,

The LA 42 overpass structures are also scheduled to be replaced during this construction project. 

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