Motorist notice big change on I-210 commute - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Motorist notice big change on I-210 commute

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –  The I-210 construction project began this morning. The two phase project is set to improve I-210 from the bridge to the I-ten interchange.

"I use I-210 everyday, all day," said commuter Latonia Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux and other motorist noticed a big change on their commute. Construction crews reduced I-210 east bound and west bound to one lane on the entire bridge through Lake Street. Crews will alternate working on one lane at time.

Traffic will be moved around for the next few days back and forth," said Ronnie Dupont, the Calcasieu and Cameron Parish Area Engineer for the DOTD.

Dupont says more extensive work will take place between the I-210 bridge and Lake Street.

"It was built over 50 years ago and needs more rehabilitation," he said.

According to Dupont the roadways from lake street to I-10 are in better shape.

Dupont said, "We will do some minor repairs, shoulder repairs, patching, replace the sides."

Throughout the construction process officials are asking motorist to exercise caution while driving, and also to be patient.

"Obviously there's going to be some construction," said Dupont.

The construction is expected to take ten months, and some drivers aren't sure whether it will have a negative impact on their commute.

Brita January stated, "It will delay me in getting to work on time."

For many motorists, getting to work on time will mean finding an alternate route.

"Just might have to take I-10 Bridge so I won't be late for work," said Thibodeaux.

January stated, "Probably start using the I-10 Bridge first, traffic might be backed up as well though."

However, many motorists have found the positive side to the construction.

"At the moment it's a minor inconvenience, but I think when they're done it is gong to be better for all of us," said commuter Jerry Sonnier.

Weather permitting officials say the goal is to get the job done as quickly as possible.

Commuters are being asked to try and avoid areas under construction.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Boil advisory lifted for La. 112 South Elizabeth

    Boil advisory lifted for La. 112 South Elizabeth

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:43 PM EST2017-12-13 17:43:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Village of Elizabeth has issued a boil advisory, effective immediately until further notice, for water customers living along Hwy 112, south of Elizabeth. The Village of Elizabeth recommends that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

    More >>

    The Village of Elizabeth has issued a boil advisory, effective immediately until further notice, for water customers living along Hwy 112, south of Elizabeth. The Village of Elizabeth recommends that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

    More >>
  • Red Cross offering SWLA free smoke alarms

    Red Cross offering SWLA free smoke alarms

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 12:40 PM EST2017-12-13 17:40:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm. Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020. Because during a house fire, every second c...

    More >>

    During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm. Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020. Because during a house fire, every second c...

    More >>
  • USS Orleck offers free haircuts to veterans

    USS Orleck offers free haircuts to veterans

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:41 AM EST2017-12-13 16:41:59 GMT
    USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)

    Organizers with the USS Orleck Naval Museum are hosting "Christmas Cuts for Veterans" this year.  Local veterans can get a free haircut aboard the USS Orleck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Several area stylists and barbers are volunteering to provide haircuts in the ships barber shop.  If you would like more information or to volunteer your services you are asked to call 337-214-7447.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Organizers with the USS Orleck Naval Museum are hosting "Christmas Cuts for Veterans" this year.  Local veterans can get a free haircut aboard the USS Orleck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Several area stylists and barbers are volunteering to provide haircuts in the ships barber shop.  If you would like more information or to volunteer your services you are asked to call 337-214-7447.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly