AASHTO Journal, 17 February 2012
“Investment in infrastructure will lay a foundation for economic growth and competitiveness,” Mendez said in a statement. “This project, like so many across the nation, will help area residents by creating jobs as well as relieving congestion and letting people spend more time doing things they enjoy.”
The I-10 widening project will remove a bottleneck to alleviate severe congestion and improve access to New Orleans by reconstructing three interchanges and adding a through travel lane in each direction from the I-10 and I-610 interchange in Orleans Parish to Causeway Boulevard in Jefferson Parish. About 178,000 drivers use this section of interstate each day.
Work is scheduled to be completed this summer. The project relies on $70 million in federal funding, including $52 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.