Today, Governor John Bel Edwards joined Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., along with state and local officials in celebrating the completion of widening of Interstate 10 between Interstate 49 and La. 328.
Governor Edwards said, âSince taking office, more than $ 550 million has been invested in transportation projects throughout the parish of Lafayette and St. Martin. Projects such as the widening of I-10 not only benefit motorists, but also as a precious active to the many businesses along this continuously growing corridor. The project involved replacing the pavement in the existing lanes for 7.11 miles along I-10, from Interstate 49 to La. 328. An additional lane was also added in each direction.
âIt is essential that we continue to make investments that will greatly contribute to the resilience of our infrastructure, the safety of motorists and our growing economy,â Wilson said. “Investing in our state’s infrastructure not only produces quality roads, but also improves the quality of life for Louisiana residents and economic development along the I-10 corridor.”
Recognizing the importance of I-10 as a critical corridor and hurricane escape route in Louisiana and investing in projects to improve I-10 has been a priority for Governor Edwards. Since taking office in 2016, approximately $ 945 million has been spent on I-10 projects across Louisiana.
“This investment in infrastructure is vital in order to improve safety and significantly reduce traffic congestion along this corridor,” said Senator GÃ©rald Boudreau. âThank you to Governor Edwards and Secretary Wilson for recognizing this importance and for preparing for future economic growth throughout the region. “
“Congestion and security have an impact on the quality of life of our citizens and the quality of the business environment for our industries,” said representative Vincent Pierre. âThis long-awaited expansion will greatly improve travel between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. I applaud DOTD and the whole team who worked to bring this project to fruition.
âInterstate 10 is a critical economic corridor as well as a major thoroughfare for hundreds of thousands of motorists,â said Representative Mike Huval. âWhen completed, it will provide a more efficient commute, save lives and improve this economic corridor. “
With the help of the FASTLANE grant, awarded in 2016 by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to the State of Louisiana to partially fund this I-10 widening project, improvements to the I -10 in Acadiana will increase opportunities for economic development, provide safer and more efficient travel for motorists, and create a better evacuation route in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster.
The project was awarded to James Construction Group, LLC of Baton Rouge for $ 124.7 million. Construction began in May 2017 and was completed in October 2021.