I-210 reconstruction meeting

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Some major road work is set to begin on a stretch of I-210 that has not seen construction in nearly 50 years.  The city of Lake Charles, and the Louisiana DOTD hosted a meeting to let residents know how the reconstruction would effect them.
The first phase will be at Lake street headed east. Bobby Hennigan with the Louisiana DOTD said phase one will not be so bad.

"This work can be done at night, so it will be minimal impact to the traffic," said Hennigan.

But, phase two will be done simultaneously, and is much more involved. Starting at the foot of the 210 bridge, all the way to Lake street, both directions will be reduced to one lane. Construction crews will completely break apart the road and recover it with asphalt.

"Beginning Monday, we will close the inside lanes and we'll start a major repairs on those," said Hennigan. "We will rubbleize and overlay those roads. They will be closed continuously, twenty-four seven."

It will be somewhat of an inconvenience to drivers traveling along I-210, but Lake Charles Mayor, Randy Roach said the federal stimulus money being used for this project is giving them a chance to make much needed repairs.

"The section that's being worked on is one of the oldest sections of interstate 210 that we have. In fact, it's the original section that we're working on. It hasn't had much repair work since it was originally installed," said Roach.

In the meeting, citizens raised some concerns. Some wanted to know why this massive two phase state project is taking place at the same time the city of Lake Charles is making major repairs.

"Both projects are under certain regulations and restrictions regarding the money being spent. We really have to move those projects, and unfortunately these projects are coinciding at the same time," said Mayor Roach.

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