DOTD asked to look at dangerous I-10 curve - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DOTD asked to look at dangerous I-10 curve

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's happened again, another driver lost control on the Interstate near the Highway 171 overpass and exit 33. According to Lake Charles Police, it happened Tuesday morning and is the result of the driver taking the curve too fast. 

It's definitely not the first time and it likely won't be the last time it happens.

"It's something very, very crucial that we have to look at. It's very dangerous," said Mary Morris, Lake Charles City Council member.

East or westbound -- it doesn't matter -- over the years, this stretch of I-10 has not been friendly to drivers, especially 18-wheelers. Many of the big rigs overturn and lose their loads.

Morris said despite putting up flashing lights and reducing the speed limit around the curve, it's still an issue.

"Despite all of that, we still have accidents. They have gone over the railing and it has happened so many times until the State Department of Transportation has not fixed the last one from the wreck. Because every time they fix it, another wreck happens," said Morris.

Morris asked the City of Lake Charles to identify this curve as a concern and requested the Department of Transportation and Development to examine the problem. It would fall under the project that aims to replace the Calcasieu River Bridge. Though many years away, the scope of the project goes from I-10/2-10 westbound to I-10/2-10 eastbound.  

"The embankment needs to be wider, but of course I'm not an engineer so someone needs to look at it and seriously understand what can be done to improve that," said Morris.

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