210 road work ahead of schedule - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

210 road work ahead of schedule

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The I-210 construction has been an issue for many around Lake Charles for the past couple months.

But not all news is bad surrounding the project, right now it appears they are ahead of schedule.

"We're thinking that in about 2 months, around July 1, we should be able to remove the barriers and start the night operation there which will greatly help traffic flow," said Ronnie Dupont, an engineer overseeing the construction.

Speaking of those barriers, many have noticed that for vehicles, especially larger ones, it can be a tight squeeze.

Dupont says there really isn't much that can be done right now.

"We have limited space to do the work, we're trying to maintain the maximum we can, obviously, but those barriers, two months from now will be removed completely," said Dupont.

Another concern facing drivers entering 210, on certain ramps, are lane closures causing motorists to come to a complete stop and look over their shoulder in order to get on the interstate.

"That area is tight and it is a little difficult to enter, we're expecting the traffic to yield and look and proceed.  Those issues are tight and hopefully those will be removed soon," Dupont stated.

Most importantly, Dupont wants to stress the project is moving along as planned and the headaches will be over soon.

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