Drivers might see traffic delays on I-10 this weekend while the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development performs survey work for the environmental phase of the I-10 widening project in the Capital Region.

Crews from the department will be traveling along both I-10 and I-12 scanning the corridor using Mobile Light Detection Ranging (LiDAR) technology. LiDAR is a surveying method used to measure distance by using laser lights that make digital 3-D representations of the intended target.

“Using the most up-to-date technology not only helps the state make the best decisions possible on major projects such as the I-10 widening in Baton Rouge, but also eases some of the inconvenience on area travelers,” DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said. “Using the Mobile Light Detection and Ranging technology means there are no lane closures, just slow moving traffic at times.”

The department said it will cause traffic to slow down due to police blocking traffic, similar to a funeral procession. DOTD said the activity will be from Feb. 16-Feb. 19 during non-peak hours.

DOTD said the LiDAR method saves the state money by reducing the number of conventional survey crews needed to perform the survey. The department has used this technology in the past.