I-10 widening woes: DOTD wraps up first public meeting

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Louisiana’s Department of Transportation wrapped up its first public meeting regarding the I-10 widening project Tuesday afternoon.

We’re told the state plans to fund this project by purchasing several businesses and homes in the construction site area.

BRProud.com caught up with some of those homeowners who didn’t know about this until we brought it to their attention tonight. 

“We have a lot of memories here, we’ve been here for more than 24 years,” said local homeowner Issac White.

“All of my grandkids – born, and growing up there and stuff like that.”

In the latest update Tuesday evening, we’re told by transportation authorities that the homes and businesses being cleared out are all apart of a $360 million plan.

“We’re going to be working with each of those property owners from today on, where we will sit at our station tonight and say here’s your address,” said Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary.

“You’re not impacted by the right a way acquisition. If you are, we’ll start that process to say we might need a servitude, which means I want to use some of that property to be able to build this widening and then I give the property after the sound walls.”

I-10 widening woes: DOTD wraps up first public meeting

The public has three separate opportunities to give their ideas and thoughts about potential projects along the I-10 Corridor.

The Public Meetings will be attended by both the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and the I-10BR Project Team.

According to the DOTD, the discussion will surround “proposed improvements to the I-10 Corridor, from LA 415 in Port Allen to Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.”

DOTD provided a list of dates and times when the meetings will occur:

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • McKinley Middle Magnet School
  • 1550 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Addis Community Center
  • 7520 Highway 1 South
  • Addis, LA 70710
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Baton Rouge Marriott
  • 5500 Hilton Avenue
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70808

DOTD said, “the purpose of the meetings is to share information and solicit public comment on the project.”

According to the DOTD, members of the I10BR Project Team are still looking at “engineering, traffic, and environmental data while conducting additional investigations in the study area.”

If you are interested in viewing detailed information about the public meetings, visit I-10 Corridor Improvement Study.

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