I-10 bridge closer to being replaced

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It dates back to the Gov. Earl Long administration and now 58 years later, the Interstate 10 bridge over the Calcasieu River is closer to being replaced.

A State DOTD official told the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Thursday night that replacing the bridge is now nearer the top of the state's major project list. That's because other big projects like the Interstate 49 project have been completed.

Police juror Hal McMillin noted that the new head of the DOTD, Sherri LeBas, is more in favor of a new bridge than her predecessor.

Replacing the bridge would cost more than $400 million, and McMillin and other police jurors want the project to also include an overpass in Westlake.

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