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Louisiana Governor, DOTD Celebrate Substantial Completion of I-10 Widening Project

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., and other state and local officials celebrated the substantial completion of the I-10 widening project in Calcasieu Parish.

This $45.5-million project, which stretched from approximately I-210 to LA 108, widened I-10 from three to four lanes. The Maple Fork bridges were replaced, and crews installed new drainage structures, median barriers, permanent striping, guardrail, and cable barriers.

“The long-lasting economic benefit of this project cannot be overstated, considering how heavily traveled this stretch of I-10 is,” Edwards said. “The widening not only relieves congestion, but motorists and freight haulers now have a much smoother roadway. Allowing for traffic to move freely along this busy stretch of I-10 increases the opportunities for local businesses to expand and opens the door for additional investment into the state economy.”

“This project greatly improves traffic flow because motorists entering I-10 eastbound from LA 108 no longer have to merge with I-10,” Wilson said. “Completing this project is key in offering more opportunities for commercial growth.”

“The I-10 road project widening from LA 108 to I-210 in Sulphur will help accommodate Southwest Louisiana’s growing economy and population,” said Sen. Jeremy Stine. “This much-needed expansion is a direct result of the Legislature prioritizing smart investments in our communities. Our constituents asked for these results, and we’re delivering.”

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As of 2021, more than 108,000 vehicles traveled the corridor daily. That number is expected to increase to 150,000 motorists by 2045. The project’s contractor is the Alexandria, Louisiana-based Gilchrist Construction. Work began on the project in January 2020.

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