State has design contract for I-10 in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Driving through Baton Rouge on I-10 may be a little easier in a few years.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary William D. Ankner on Monday announced that the department has executed a design-build contract to widen I-10 in Baton Rouge to six lanes. The contract also calls for replacing the 44-year-old bridge over the Kansas City Southern railroad with a new bridge.

Work will begin this spring and finish by the end of 2012.

The $60 million project is 100 percent funded by stimulus funds received from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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