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Construction Begins to Enhance I-10 Westbound in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced the commencement of a significant widening project for I-10 over the City Park Lake in Baton Rouge. Starting on Monday, November 27, 2023, the construction will be carried out by Kiewit-Boh, A Joint Venture.

Crews will initially focus on widening I-10 westbound over City Park Lake and constructing sound and retaining walls on the westbound section between the Perkins Rd. entrance and City Park Lake. As a result, a traffic shift will be implemented on I-10 westbound between the Perkins Rd. on-ramp and Dalrymple Dr. off-ramp from Thursday, November 30 onwards. Temporary concrete barriers will be put in place along the outside lane to allow for the widening work, slightly shifting vehicles towards the inside center median. During this phase, the shoulders will be eliminated.

Motorists can expect overnight lane closures on I-10 westbound between S. Acadian Thwy. and Louise St. between November 27 and December 8, with the exception of December 1 and 2. Additionally, the westbound Perkins Rd. on-ramp and the westbound Dalrymple Dr. off-ramp will be fully closed overnight.

A new traffic configuration will be set up on Dalrymple Dr. from the I-10 westbound exit ramp to the I-10 overpass on Wednesday, November 29. Temporary concrete barriers will be installed along the current southbound lane, causing southbound traffic to shift onto the inside northbound lane. This adjustment is necessary to allow the contractor to begin the embankment work for the widening of I-10.

Weather permitting, this phase of construction is expected to be completed by late 2025.

Q: What is the purpose of the widening project?
A: The widening project aims to enhance I-10 westbound over City Park Lake in Baton Rouge.

Q: Who is responsible for the construction?
A: The construction is being carried out by Kiewit-Boh, A Joint Venture.

Q: Will there be any road closures?
A: Yes, there will be various road closures and lane shifts throughout the duration of the project.

By Terence West

Terence West is a distinguished author and analyst specializing in the dynamics of energy infrastructure and its impact on American cities. His writings delve into the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to renewable energy sources in urban settings. West's work is characterized by a deep understanding of both the technical and socio-economic aspects of urban energy systems. His insightful commentary on how cities can adapt to and benefit from emerging energy technologies has made him a respected voice in the discourse on sustainable urban development and energy policy in the United States.