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Louisiana DOTD Provides Update on Loyola Drive Interchange Project in Jefferson Parish

KENNER, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces the $125-million Loyola Drive at Interstate 10 interchange project is progressing.

Currently, the contractor, Gilchrist Construction, LLC. is building the ramp embankments and piers that will support the flyovers.

“As drivers start to see signs of upgrades and improvements on I-10 near the New Orleans Airport, we continue to ask for their patience and awareness,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Ph. D. “This project is essential for safe and efficient travel in Southeast Louisiana, and safety has to be a priority while we build it. I am excited to see the signs of progress made thus far and look forward to the completion of the major upgrade.”

The temporary, at-grade ramp connecting northbound Loyola Drive to I-10 eastbound is expected to be open to motorists in March 2021.

The major interchange upgrade consists of constructing two additional elevated flyover ramps connecting I-10 and New Orleans to Louis Armstrong International Airport. Additionally, the improvements to the current interchange at Loyola and I-10 includes a Diverging Diamond Interchange, which is expected to be open in late 2021.

The flyover ramps are expected to be finished by late summer 2022. The project is on schedule to be completed within the contract, which ends November 2022. All work associated with this project is weather permitting.

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