LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - When driving along I-10 between Iowa and Lake Charles, you may have noticed water puddles on the Interstate. The Department of Transportation & Development says the number of accidents on rainy days have gone up since construction was completed last year.
Steve Jiles from DOTD says, "now we have recognized an increase in the wet weather accidents which is what prompted our belief that we needed to try to come up with this open graded friction course...we feel like this will improve it some."
The plan is to re-surface the nearly ten mile stretch of interstate.
"It'll be pretty similar to a normal overlay project that people see everyday," says Jiles, "but it becomes more poised and there will be some slow, minor slope correction in places along there."
The project is set to begin next year...and is estimated to cost the state nearly $8 million dollars, but for now, officials urge drivers to be more cautious.