BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Orange cones, detours, and traffic headaches are all things motorists will encounter on Essen Lane between Perkins Road and Jefferson Highway/I-12 for the next 547 days or so.
Phase 1 of the Essen Lane Widening Project will run along Essen Lane from the bridge at Ward's Creek to just south of United Plaza Boulevard. Two two additional turn lanes will be added onto I-10 to provide dual left-turns for southbound and northbound Essen Lane. Another lane will be added to the I-10 intersection of Essen Lane and Essen Park Avenue, as well as the two on- and off-ramps at I-10.
Construction on this portion of work is estimated to begin in May 2015. Once construction begins, it is anticipated to last six months.
DOTD will be responsible for utility relocations from Perkins Road to Wards Creek, as well as the widening of Wards Creek Bridge, which is estimated to begin in spring 2015 with construction expected to last approximately one-and-a-half years.
Once utilities are relocated, DOTD will manage Phase 2 of the Essen Lane Widening project. It is estimated that the cost for the utility relocation, in addition to the roadway and bridge widening will cost approximately $12 million.
The roadway widening is approximately one mile of Essen Lane from Perkins Road to I-10 from a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane to six lanes with a continuous, two-way center turn lane.
The roadway construction is expected to be completed by spring 2018.