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Mon Jan 15, 2018, 11:43 AM

I-10 widening in Baton Rouge will take at least 5 years as part of $600M transportation overhaul

Expanding Interstate 10 from the Mississippi River bridge to the I-10/12 split will take at least five years to complete, Louisiana's transportation chief said Friday.

Also, the plan envisions a new lane in each direction, both the on and off-ramps at Perkins Road being closed permanently, and an eastbound ramp being added at Dalrymple Drive, officials said.

The $350 million project is the biggest part of Gov. John Bel Edwards $600 million transportation plan, which he spelled out Friday and that relies on federal bonds as the key funding source.

The work also includes up to $110 million to connect I-10 at Loyola Drive with the soon-to-be-expanded Louisiana Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, part of a $963 million project that Mayor Mitch Landrieu called historic.

Read more: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_cd6a42d8-f799-11e7-a4a2-2bc570b643c0.html

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