SULPHUR, LA (KPLC-TV) – Work on two miles of Interstate 10 in Sulphur is expected to be complete in mid-June, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; but that is just one of the few projects crews will be working on this year.
I-10 PROJECT IN SULPHUR
In Sulphur, road crews are doing some resurfacing with specific attention focused on fixing the pothole problem that has plagued the area for years.
"I think the people who drive that roadway everyday can sense the roughness," said LA DOTD Area Administrator Steven Jiles. "We've had a high number of potholes. We've had failure of a lot of the surfaces and that's the reason for this. [We're] hoping this new surface will be durable for a lot longer period of time."
In addition, crews are doing shoulder and ramp work.
The $8 million project, which is being funded by both state and federal dollars, is expected to be complete in June.
CALCASIEU RIVER BRIDGE
By the end of the month, crews will also start repairing a problem on the Calcasieu River Bridge (also known as the I-10 Bridge).
The problem is barely noticeable during the day, but several of the small reflectors that were recently installed on the side of the bridge's roadway are missing. The reflectors are suppose to make it easier for drivers to see the edge of the bridge at night when the headlights of their vehicle shines on them.
"The contractor we hired to do that job used the wrong adhesive material and it didn't bond to the concrete," said Jiles. "We put them there to enhance visibility and when some are gone, we're not getting what we thought we had."
Jiles said the contractor has agreed to fix the problem with the reflectors at no cost to taxpayers.
The repairs will start by the end of January and mostly take place on Sundays, when one lane of traffic will likely be closed.
ANOTHER I-10 PROJECT COMING SOON
Officials say after construction is complete on I-10 in Sulphur, it will be immediately followed by another major project stretching from Highway 108 to the Calcasieu River Bridge on I-10.