Life Changing Lanes: I-10 opens to 6 lanes of traffic


021813 256The Department of Transportation and Development hosted a ribbon-cutting this morning to celebrate the opening of six lanes of traffic on I-10 between the I-10/I-12 split and Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge.  The $86.2 million construction initiative widened I-10, and included work on bridges and overpasses at Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard.

DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, along with several state and local officials, explained how this road opening will affect the entire south Louisiana region.

“We are so excited to bring this project to the traveling public. There are 73,000 people who travel on this section of the interstate every day. Friday, we opened the eastbound lane to traffic, and the westbound lane was opened yesterday, Sunday February 17.”021813 248

This was the third project completed under the “Geaux Wider” campaign. The multi-year construction project will increase capacity, improve safety, and enhance mobility on I-10 and I-12.

Drivers can also look forward to the opening of six lanes from Siegan Lane to Highland road on I-10 in late spring of this year.

021813 250Secretary LeBas explained that this project is one of many projects to improve transportation safety and conditions in the state.

“Since Govenor Jindal has taken office, he has invested 5 billion dollars throughout the state since he took office for the DOTD. This money has generated around 2,100 projects and improved over 5,000 miles of roadways in Louisiana.”

Representatives Steve Carter and Dan Claitor also remarked about the importance of this interstate to local and out-of-state travel:

“People always use these interstates. It is improving the quality of live for all citizens in this area. It really is an exciting day for us all,” said Senator Carter.

“I look forward to seeing congestion relief for our residents and commuters, and the improved travel times it will bring to our morning and afternoon commutes,” Senator Claitor added.

I-10 is the most commonly-traveled route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and serves the growing River Parishes area.021813 263