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DRONE VIDEO: Details on widening project between Atchafalaya Basin Bridge and Lafayette

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Drivers who frequent I-10 between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge may find this drone footage from the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) quite interesting.

DOTD is currently working on a project to widen I-10 in that area between the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge and where I-49 meets I-10 in Lafayette. They want to remind drivers to be aware of workers in the area while the project is ongoing.

The project is expected to take a couple of years, possibly longer depending on weather conditions. Safety is especially important during this project due to the length of the construction zone: 18 miles.

The interstate is currently four lanes wide, but after the project is complete, it will be six lanes wide. Much needed new pavement will also be put in place.

The total cost of the project is $300 million, $60 million of which came from a Fast Lane grant. Some federal funds are also being used for the project.

Drivers should be aware that the normal 70 mph speed limit is now down to 60 mph during construction. Louisiana State Police troopers will be positioned along the construction zone to monitor drivers' speeds. 

Drivers should also be aware of lane shifts, speed changes, orange cones, and construction vehicles.

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