Officials break ground on I-10 widening project in EBR, Ascension Parishes

I-10 at Highland Road (Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)
I-10 at Highland Road (Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials from East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon for the I-10 widening project.

The ceremony was held in the west parking lot of Blue Bayou on Highland Road.

I-10 will be expanded from four lanes to six east of Highland Road in Baton Rouge to LA 73 in Prairieville. Construction is set to begin in the spring and is anticipated to take about two years to complete, according to James Construction Group, llc., the company that won the bid to do the work.

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The $72 million project is being funded by a combination of federal and state money, including over $40 million in congressionally authorized repurposed earmarks.

Officials say the project will also include the replacement of the LA 42 overpass.

But this isn't the only troublesome spot officials are targeting.

"Yesterday, we opened bids on the Washington Terrace off ramp, a project that we advanced and fully funded because of the fast lane grant I mentioned awhile ago and it is that off ramp that is then going to allow us to petition the federal government to make the change on I-10 so that we are not reduced to one through travel lane as you travel east across the Mississippi River Bridge," said Governor John Bel Edwards.

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