BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Drivers should expect nightly lane closures on I-10 in East Baton Rouge Parish starting Monday.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said interstate lane closures will be for utility relocation work for the widening project. Closures will be on the far-right lane between Dalrymple Drive and Perkins Road from Monday, Jan. 16 to Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to officials.

“This utility work is vital to the Baton Rouge I-10 widening project for when construction begins later this year,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “After multiple attempts by previous administrations to improve this corridor have fallen short, I’m proud to say this administration is moving forward. The capitol region and motorists who use this corridor deserve an infrastructure system that is safe, efficient, and reliable, and will be sustainable for our next generation. I am committed to completing this project as we work each day to improve our infrastructure across the state.”

The first phase of the I-10 widening project that will widen the roadway from six to eight lanes from I-110 to Acadian Thruway is set to begin later this year. DOTD said “major lane restrictions” are to be expected in early 2024.