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Construction at Essen and I-10 to begin next week

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago June 03, 2015 Jun 3, 2015 Wednesday, June 03 2015 June 03, 2015 4:13 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE - Constrution to improve Essen Lane at Interstate 10 will officially begin on Monday, June 8 according to the Baton Rouge Mayor's office. 

Essen Lane has more than 55,000 daily drivers and is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in East Baton Rouge Parish, which causes source of traffic congestion. 

The Mayor's Office said that crews have been on the scene of the Essen Widening Project for weeks, but work on phase 1 of construction will begin next week.

Phase 1:

  • dual left-turns for southbound and northbound
  • additional turn lanes for I-10 on and off ramps
  • signal improvements at interchanges
  • widening Wards Creek Bridge
  • relocating utilities along Essen Lane from Perkins Rowe to I-10. 
Phase 1 is estimated to complete late winter 2016. Work at Essen at I-10 will be completed in late 2015. Drivers can expect lane shifts and slower traffic during the construction.

Once phase 1 is complete, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will begin work on phase 2 to widen Essen Lane from five lanes with a center turn lane to six lanes with a center turn lane. Phase 2 is estimated to be finished in winter 2018. 

Command Construction Industries, LLC was awarded via the public bid process in February 2015. The project will cost $2.1 million.

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