DOTD holding public meetings on I-10/LA 415 to Essen Lane project

DOTD holds first of two public meetings about I-10 widening project

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is inviting the public to attend two meetings about the results of an environmental assessment for the I-10: LA 415 to Essen Lane project.

Detailed project information can be found here.

The project requires the state to buy at least 17 homes and four businesses in nearby areas. The cost of the project is $360 million and is slated to take about five to seven years to complete.

The first meeting was held Tuesday, Nov. 19. A second meeting is schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Marriott, located at 5500 Hilton Ave.

DOTD says it still has a ways to go before drivers will see big changes on the road, but this is as far as any big project like this has gotten. Officials say drivers’ input led to some of the additions to the plan.

“Well, this is not just about adding concrete to the interstate. We’re also looking to do enhancements to the area, which includes bike paths, added pedestrian paths, some lighting, some signature bridges, spruce up what we have, make Baton Rouge a better place,” said Rodney Mallet, spokesman for DOTD.

Representatives from DOTD and the project team will be available to answer questions about the project. Officials will give a presentation of information related to the general location, design features, impacts of the project, and a tentative project schedule.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to make a public statement.

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