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Essen Lane widening project planned for 2014

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

There are plans in the works for a widening project for Essen Lane from Perkins Road to I-10, but it isn't scheduled to begin until 2014.

Governor Bobby Jindal announced a $12 million investment Friday to widen approximately one mile of Essen Lane. The project will reduce congestion and improve safety for more than 35,000 motorists who use the segment of Essen Lane every day.

The dollars for the Essen widening project are being shifted from a proposed I-12/Essen Lane interchange project. The original analysis for the I-12/Essen Lane interchange project was based on traffic data from the 1990s.

Since that time, traffic patterns and volumes have changed significantly. Additionally, other road projects that the Jindal Administration has invested in, along I-10 and I-12 and at the interchange of I-10 and Essen, have improved traffic flow in the area. For these reasons, DOTD engineers are going to reexamine the best course of action for the I-12/Essen Lane interchange project. 

Friday's announcement follows other major investments the Jindal Administration has made in the Capital Area. To further enhance economic development and improve safety, the administration has invested $315 million in projects to widen the I-10/I-12 corridor in the Capital Area, including:

  • $110 million to widen I-12 from Pete's Highway to O'Neal Lane
  • $86.2 million to widen I-10 from the I-10/I-12 split to Siegen Lane
  • $60 million to widen I-10 from Siegen Lane to Highland Road
  • $36.2 million to widen I-12 from Pete's Highway to Juban Road
  • $21.9 million to widen I-12 from Juban Road to Walker

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