DOTD disputes I-10 Bridge’s online rating - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DOTD disputes I-10 Bridge’s online rating

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Many of us travel over it every day.

The I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge is a local landmark.

But a recent report online says it's one of the worst in the nation. Now, Louisiana transportation officials are disputing that claim.

If you've lived in Lake Charles for a while, you know just how old the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge is. It was built in 1952, making it over 60 years old.

But just recently, Yahoo Travel rated the bridge the number 7 "Most Dangerous Bridge in the Country."

That ranking comes from the bridge's sufficiency rating. All bridges are given a sufficiency rating on a scale from 0 to 100 with 100 being the most sufficient. The I-10 river bridge has a rating of 9.9.

KPLC asked DOTD what caused it to have such a low rating. Officials said they can't say because that information is protected by law. They did say, however, that just because a bridge has a low sufficiency rating, it does not mean it isn't safe. Officials said they have actually done things to make the bridge sturdy recently.

"We inspect the bridges on a two-year basis or more frequently depending on the condition of the bridge and also, we just completed, last fall, a $5.7 million dollar project on the Calcasieu River bridge where we basically looked at some painting, we did some repair work to the joints in the bridge and also made some structural steel repairs to the bridge as well. And all of this is to help extend the life of the bridge," said Deidra Druilhet with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

According to DOTD, you should not be worried or scared to drive over the bridge because of the rating.

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