AASHTO Journal, 22 February 2013
Louisiana DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas, P.E., joined state and local officials Monday to open the $86.2 million expansion of I-10 in Baton Rouge between the I-12/I-10 split and Siegen Lane.
“This is an exciting time for Baton Rouge as we celebrate another important milestone in DOTD’s Geaux Wider Program,” said LeBas in a statement.
The Geaux Wider Program is a $315 million multi-year construction project designed to increase capacity and mobility on I-10 and I-12 in the Baton Rouge area. LeBas said the project will improve travel for the 73,000 motorists that utilize the highway segment every day. Once the entire project is complete, motorists in both directions will have an extra lane of travel as the road is widened from four lanes to six.
Since 2008, the state has invested more than $470 million in I-10 throughout Louisiana. The investment is seen by local business owners and politicians as a positive improvement for the state.
“I-10 is a key interstate corridor connecting Louisiana to the rest of the nation” said Rep. Erich Ponti in a statement. “Widening this area will provide tremendous help to our businesses and industries that depend on it for their livelihood.”
Additional information on the Geaux Wider Program is available at GeauxWider.com