Posted: Aug 6, 2014 6:50 PM by Alexa Vogue
Updated: Aug 6, 2014 6:50 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE - A $1.4 million dollar construction project in West Baton Rouge Parish is close to completion. The state is working to improve driver safety around I-10 in Port Allen.
DOTD says they are working on embankment repairs as well as patching pavement on the on and off ramps at the La. 1 and La. 415 interchanges off I-10.
Over time, the dirt that comprises the embankments absorbs water from rain, loses strength and becomes unstable.
"Eventually the material as far as asphalt and concrete will eventually start to crack," said Luther Cox, a construction operator at the site. "It will make it a really unsafe road."
To avoid safety hazards, the dirt needs to be replaced. Crews have been working to fix the embankments, the pavement around the interchanges, and also improve water drainage to improve the longevity of the area.
To avoid congestion, work is being done on the embankments during the day, and the pavement at night.
The project started in May and DOTD says they're hoping to have it wrapped up by the end of the month.