Calcasieu River Bridge searching for "guiding lights"

By Brandon Troullier - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you've recently traveled over the I-10 bridge at night, you've probably noticed the lights don't work...but that's all about to change.

The Calcasieu River Bridge has been connecting Lake Charles to Westlake and Sulphur for more than 50 years now, but when you currently drive on it at night, all you see is headlights.

"There were lights there, but the lights keep breaking and failing because of vibrations on the bridge" says City Administrator John Cardone. "Lake Charles has entered a carp endeavor agreement with both the parish, city of Westlake and Louisiana.  The project is about 450 thousand project, the state has put up a little over 92 thousand, the city of Westlake is putting up 30 thousand and the Police Jury and Lake Charles will split the remainder between ourselves."

The project consists of installing new fixtures with new LED bulbs that are supposed to be more conducive and more resistant to the vibrations of the bridge.  And according to Cardone, the local officials wanted to wait until after the I-210 bridge repair was completed because if both project were going on at the same time, they could cause traffic issues.

The city says biding for the project will begin in October and last for a month and work should start in January and take about six weeks to finish.

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