DOTD to hold public hearings for I-10 widening project

DOTD to hold public hearings for I-10 widening project
(Source: WAFB)

(WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will hold a public hearing at two locations for the I-10 widening project in East and West Baton Rouge parishes.

This proposed project will add an additional lane in each direction on I-10 from LA 415 to Essen Lane.

The public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, and Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Marriott.

The same information will be presented at both meetings.

“I’m proud to say we are moving forward with the much-needed widening of I-10 in Baton Rouge. We’ve waited long enough and citizens across Louisiana talk about Baton Rouge’s congestion,” Governor John Bel Edwards said in a prepared statement.

DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson adds that the project is crucial for the capital region, saying the I-10 corridor is heavily traveled by both local and out-of-state drivers.

The public hearings will begin with a brief introduction from DOTD, followed by an open house forum with information stations, including a Real Estate station.

Representatives of DOTD and the project team will be available to answer questions. A prerecorded presentation of information relative to the general location, design features, impacts of the project, tentative project schedule, acquisition of right-of-way, and relocation assistance will play continuously during the open house forum.

During the final hour of the hearing, attendees will have an opportunity to make a public statement for the public record.

Oral and written comments on the project may be submitted at the public hearing or sent via mail to Franklin Associates, I-10 BR: Stage 1, 2148 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806, or via email to info@i10br.com.

Written statements must be submitted and postmarked no later than Tuesday, Dec. 3 to be included in the hearing transcript.

Information provided by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

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