I-210 bridge construction to begin Monday

I-210 bridge construction to begin Monday
210 bridge soon after construction. (Source: McNeese Archives/Jessica Hutchings)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The I-210 Bridge re-decking project is set to begin Mon., Jan. 7. The City of Lake Charles is preparing for the impacts to traffic in the area.

City administrator John Cardone wants to remind drivers that delays are going to happen, “While this is a very necessary project we do expect there to be delays for motorists not only traveling through the City of Lake Charles via Interstates 10 and 210, but also on roadways within the City itself during peak traffic hours,” said Cardone. “We are working closely with other state and local agencies to reduce the impacts as much as possible, but we are also encouraging residents to allow for extra commute time over the next year.”

Shawn Caldwell, the incoming Lake Charles Police Department Chief, also has some advice for motorists who will be feeling the affect of bridge construction, “Lengthy traffic delays will occur throughout the duration of this project so if you do not have to use I-210 to get to your destination, we strongly encourage you to find an alternate route,” Chief Caldwell said. “Whether you are on the interstate or traveling on a City roadway, please be a patient and attentive driver. Allow for extra following distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you and be prepared for stopped traffic on both the interstate and roadways.”

The re-decking project is expected to last for a year and will include new lighting, an inspection platform, and other safety improvements. The $35 million project to repair I-210 Bridge has been in the works for several years. For more details on the project click HERE.

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