A new interstate exit to be completed soon, help to alleviate traffic backups

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Work is almost complete for a new exit that will go right onto Terrace Avenue from I-110 South.

The nearly $9 million project started in August 2018.

An estimated 98,000 cars and trucks use the I-110/I-10 corridor everyday.

Traffic backups became a problem when motorists from I-110 South would have to cross multiple lanes to exit onto Washington Street at the same time vehicles are coming off the Mississippi River Bridge.

Sometimes cars would come to a complete stop before crossing lanes.

With the project nearly complete, it was actually pushed back due to mother nature.

“The rain we’ve had recently has put us back a little bit. We were supposed to be finished in July, but with the weather we’ve had this year it’s been a rainy year. With the weather we’ve had this year, it’s pushed us back another month,” says DOTD Communications Director Rodney Mallett.

DOTD officials hope to have the new exit completed by August.

Once complete, the Washington exit will only be used for traffic coming off the bridge.

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