Posted: Oct 13, 2011 10:10 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
BATON ROUGE- Local and state leaders say road work is on the night shift now more than ever.
The idea is to do more work when you're not driving. We're talking about the interstate, as well as surface streets.
A third of the state's construction contracts require nighttime work. East Baton Rouge doesn't make it mandatory, but more contractors are choosing to work under the lights.
They say the change leaves less to distract you while driving, and less in your way to and from work. It also helps workers get certain jobs done faster, like pouring concrete.
Jodi Conachen with DOTD said, "It's just a benefit to the community so that they can have the benefit of the improvements that are going to be at the interstate system, and the different projects that we are doing those closures on, without some of the challenges and headaches."
The projects in the city-parish and on I-12 should be wrapped up in a year. The work on I-10 will be going until 2013.