BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Some heavy traffic early Tuesday morning may have made many people late to work. Late-night repairs on the Intracoastal bridge ran into some unexpected delays, according to DOTD Communications Director Rodney Mallett.

“We went out there last night to take out the expansion joint and replace it and once we did that there we realize that it was in much more need of repair than we originally anticipated and so with the extra concrete and extra welding that needed to be done, the project went over,” Mallett explained.

This caused a major backup on the I-10, lasting for hours and frustrating many early morning commuters.

“We had it open by eight, which is late, I understand that, but at the same time, if we did not repair that expansion plate, it could pop up, and at that point, you have a dangerous situation, you could have a crash, you could have injuries, or tear up someone’s car. We would much rather you be angry because you’re late for work or you’re in congestion than have something bad happen,” said Mallett.

Future DOTD projects could mean delays are on the horizon. While Mallett said the Intracoastal bridge project won’t disturb traffic, the widening of I-10 might.

“We are going to have some lane closures, we are going to have some configurations, and there will be some congestion, we know that,” said Mallett.

Mallett knows this is not ideal, but projects like these set Baton Rouge up for a better future.

“There is going to be some hard times ahead, but once we are done, it’s going to be beneficial for generations,” Mallett said.