As our population grows, the roads need to be expanded to keep up with the increased traffic. When roads are too small, accidents can go up due to the crowding. It also makes traffic much slower.
Road expansion is great when it’s done, but during construction it can cause a lot of problems. An I-10 widening project in Louisiana has already begun and is slowing down traffic, according to KPLC.
The project began yesterday. The goal is to expand I-10 westbound and eastbound to four lanes between LA 108 and I-210. Also, there will be concrete work west of Maple Fork Bridge. The bridge will be replaced and raised higher to avoid future flooding.
While the work happens we can expect that traffic will be even worse. Nearly 100,000 drivers use this portion of the interstate. But once the extra lanes are in place, it should lighten the load. In the meantime, drivers will need to pay attention to lane closures and make plans accordingly. You can look these up at www.dotd.la.gov or use the 511 app.
The project is expected to be finished in summer 2021. We look forward to seeing the results!