DOTD approves pilot program to install lights on the I-10 bridge

Lights on I-10 Bridge

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The La. Department of Transportation gave approval to the City of Lake Charles to install lights on the I-10 bridge for a pilot program.

The pilot program would last three months to see how well the lights do on the bridge.

The current lights, which aren't used, had issues with the vibrations from the bridge. The new lights would be LED lighting which should uphold the vibrations, according to Calcasieu Parish Engineer Tim Conners said .

"If the three month trial period, everything goes well, we don't have any issues or problems with those lights, then they'll allow us to go forward with full lighting of the bridge which could happen next year," Conners said.

Conners said about five pole lights will be installed and two to four wall packs would be go on the superstructure itself.

But if everything goes accordingly this fall, beginning of next year the I-10 bridge could have lights at night permanently.

"According to the Department of Transportation, it's not required for safety, but I think it does provide a level of comfort to drivers to be able to have a sight," Conners said.

This project was a joint effort between the city of Lake Charles, the Parish and the DOTD.

Conners said to light the entire bridge, it will cost approximately $500,000.

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