Traffic project to widen I-10 almost complete, DOTD says

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It’s like a rite of passage to be stuck in Baton Rouge traffic, especially on 1-10. During peak travel hours, this area is a hotspot for bottlenecks and traffic.

But commuters may not have to adjust their schedule around traffic anymore. The “On The Geaux Project”, an operation headed by DOTD is supposed to shave down some of that commute time very soon.

Rodyney Mallet, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and development says the projects goal was all about expansion.

“This project is going to be wrapped up by the end of this month,” Mallet says.

Interstate 10 from Highland Road through La. 73 in Ascension Parish is now a little wider. An extra lane was added to both sides of the interstate-so now instead of four lanes, drivers have six, which is a big relief especially at the on and of ramp at La. 73.

“We’ll be able to see better traffic flow there which is a safety benefit and a traffic mitigation benefit.”

This project won’t completely eliminate traffic flowing through this area, but mallet says it’s estimated to shave off at least 15 minutes of drive time during peak hours. Which is great not only for traffic, but also from an economical standpoint. Less traffic means more people can pass through the city when DOTD wraps up the final touches.

“We’re going to be able to maximize that we have an hopefully be able to move traffic between baton rouge and Ascension Parish a little better.”

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