VINTON, La. (KPLC) - A project to widen a part of I-10 from the Texas border is underway.
The $152 million project, which will widen the 10.5-mile stretch of interstate from four lanes to six lanes, is expected to be completed by 2025, DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson said Tuesday at a groundbreaking. The project was awarded to Johnson Brothers Corporation.
“It’s going to be safer, it’s going to be faster and it’s going to be smoother than it is today,” Wilson said.
With the current widening project between La. 108 and the 210 interchange, I-10 will be three lanes from the Texas border to the 210 loop.
The project will be done in three segments, beginning from the state line to the Toomey/Starks exit at La. 109.
Ten bridges will be widened and the eastbound weigh station will be replaced.
More than 1.6 million tons of freight are carried along the corridor each year, according to numbers from the Department of Transportation.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, who was in attendance at the groundbreaking, also made reference to Calcasieu’s need for a new I-10 bridge over the Calcasieu River.
“We tried to squeeze in one other bridge just east of here, but we couldn’t get the price right,” Edwards said.