As one of the longest bridges in the United States, the Atchafalaya Floodway Basin Bridge requires a lot of maintenance. This causes delays and increased accidents, but in theory, the improvements should improve safety afterward.
For some time now, the entry points to the bridge have been under construction for expansion projects. Last month, the LADOTD closed down one lane of I-10 on the west end of the westbound bridge to perform some late-night work. BRProud.com reported on the closure.
The closure was due to the FASTLANE I-10 widening project, a $54.7 million project that replaces pavement between LA 347 to the bridge and adds an additional lane going west. It is the second of three projects meant to widen the I-10 corridor from I-49 to the bridge.
Drivers in the area should be used to the construction projects. They’ve been going on for years now. However, that doesn’t mean drivers can be lax. Extra care must be taken in construction zones to prevent accidents. An accident in a construction zone isn’t just dangerous to workers and drivers. It can also cause traffic delays that last for hours.
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When you are crossing the bridge, slow down for workers and take care driving in the area at night. A lot of work is done at night to avoid traffic delays during the day, like in this case. The unexpected presence of workers and bright lights combined with late-night driving can be challenging and lead to an accident.
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