State officers call I-210 a "lifesaver" in I-10 closure - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

State officers call I-210 a "lifesaver" in I-10 closure

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Drivers coming through the lake area are thankful they can now take I-10.

"It was horrible," says Dorothy Bryant, a commuter of Lake Charles. "Places that it would normally take 10 or 15 minutes to get to took you about one hour."

Captain Michael Leonards with the Louisiana State Police says the closure couldn't come at a worse time.

"Especially during the holidays when we have this amount of traffic," says Capt. Leonards.

The state police opened the I-10 back up around 10:30 Wednesday morning.

"I'm glad to see that they got the truck picked up and out of the way and the interstate back to normal again," says Earl Bodin, a resident of Westlake.

Thanks to the I-210 loop, drivers were able to get to where they needed to go without driving all over town.

"It would have been much harder had we had to re-route through a smaller town or through Lake Charles," says Capt. Leonards.

"I-210 is very good for people, especially on this side of town," says Godis Grice, a resident of Lake Charles.

The I-10 closure got in the way of Grice's drive to work yesterday.

But Grice made it to work on time thanks to the I-210 loop.

"That way was open and that helped me out a lot," says Grice. "That's my life line you know."

Regardless of which route you plan to take for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, folks in the lake area are just happy they won't see any delays on I-10.

"I am happy I won't have to go another route," says Bryant. "If I did, it might take all day and by the time you get there Thanksgiving dinner will be over with."

Captain Leonards says the state police had everything they needed to clean the spill last night into this morning, just in time for all holiday travelers to get where they need to go this Thanksgiving.

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