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I-10 widening to Highland Road formally open

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) along with state and local officials, celebrated the opening of six lanes of traffic on I-10 between Siegen Lane and Highland Road in Baton Rouge.

The $60 million construction initiative widened I-10 from four to six travel lanes, and included work on bridges and overpasses at the Kansas City Southern Railroad and Highland Road.

“We are thankful for Governor Jindal and the legislature’s dedication to improving the I-10 corridor,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. “This project will help to relieve congestion and increase safety for the 83,000 drivers using this section of I-10 each day.”

The $315 million Geaux Wider program is a multi-year construction initiative designed to increase capacity, improve safety and enhance mobility on I-10 and I-12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.

In addition to the completion of this segment, drivers can look forward to the opening of six lanes of traffic on I-12 from Juban Road to Walker in summer 2013.

Also, plans for I-10 continue as DOTD begins design work for three projects that will expand the widening even further from Highland Road to La. 22 in Ascension Parish. The projects include:

- Widening I-10 from four to six lanes from Highland Road to La. 73

- Widening I-10 from four to six lanes from La. 73 to La. 30

- Widening I-10 from four to six lanes from La. 30 to La. 22

For more information, contact Louisiana DOTD Customer Service at 1-877-4LADOTD(3683) or visit www.GeauxWider.com.