Posted: Jun 12, 2012 10:17 AM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jun 12, 2012 10:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - After more than three years of construction and subsequent traffic delays, The Department of Transportation and Development has opened Interstate 12 between O'Neal Lane in East Baton Rouge Parish and Juban Road in Livingston Parish.
At a cost of $146.2 million, the project added a third lane in both directions, built new bridges over the Amite River, and updated interchanges, exits and on-ramps.
Monday afternoon and into the evening, crews put the final touches on the roadway by painting the permanent stripes. Gov. Bobby Jindal also scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon to officially recognize the completion.
The work is not done beyond Juban Road. Another similar project extends to Walker and beyond depending on how much money is left over.
That expansion will continue until 2013.