If you’ve been anywhere near I-10 near the basin bridge the past few years, you know it’s been full of construction workers. Construction Equipment Guide went into some of the details on the last phase of the I-10 widening project in Lafayette and St. Martin’s parishes.
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation expects that over 100,000 vehicles per day will pass through the area by 2035, so they are taking steps to widen the road from four lanes into six lanes between LA 328 and LA 347. The department wanted to expand for years and replace the original pavement. The new governor approved the project and got the funding to take care of it.
The entire stretch for expansion is 4.5 miles long, and will also remove and replace two bridges over Melvin Dupuis Road, as well as raised markers, rumble strips, and concrete barriers. The project is expected to be finished in 2022, so we won’t be seeing an end to the construction anytime soon.
However, once it is done it should make the approach and exit on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge that much easier. However, the bridge will still be a bottle point. It would take far more time and construction to make that bridge wider and safer.