Public meeting focuses on upcoming I-10 project

The following is a News Release from the Beaumont District:

(Orange TX)  It could soon be Orange County's biggest transportation milestone. Transportation engineers have announced that the last section of the original I-10 in Orange County will soon be rebuilt. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the project involves major reconstruction of the interstate from near Adams Bayou to the Louisiana State line.

The project includes new bridges, redesigned entrance and exit ramps and concrete pavement. Another major improvement includes a continuous frontage road across the Union Pacific railroad tracks at SH 87 (16th Street).

Transportation experts will hold an "open house" style public meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 on Tuesday (January 17) showcasing the proposed project. The meeting will be held at the City of Orange council chambers. TxDOT is hoping to get opinions and comments from the public concerning the changes. Engineers, including TxDOT designers and staff, will be available to answer questions.

The $41 million project, scheduled to go to construction in the spring of 2013, will be one of the last sections of I-10 to be rebuilt since its original construction more than 50 years ago. Approximately 50,000 vehicles travel the stretch of highway every day.