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Work on I-10 continues on-schedule

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Posted: Apr 2, 2012 6:14 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Apr 2, 2012 7:09 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: interstate, construction, concrete, bridge, pouring, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE - Work on I-10 West in Baton Rouge is going full speed ahead, according to traffic officials.

Workers spent the morning pouring concrete over Wards Creek Bridge between Bluebonnet and Essen. But drivers we spoke to are getting impatient.

"You know how much gas we're burning with all of this construction?" said Mable Parker.

The widening project from the I-10, I-12 split to Highland has been underway for three years and it's still not done. It's why Boh Brothers Construction Company was hired in January to take over the job, and since then DOTD says workers have been out around the clock weather permitting.

More than 120 workers are assigned to the three-phase project, which is currently in phase 2. Only part of the concrete for the bridge was poured Monday, the rest will be poured on Thursday.

Also included in the plans are 12-foot shoulders on each side and a 16-foot sound wall to prevent traffic noise in nearby neighborhoods. The new plans sound appealing to drivers, but some are still skeptical.

"If they can get it, that's great, I don't see that happening but if they really believe they can do it then I hope they can do it," said Jim Fontaine.

After they're done with the Westbound lanes they'll move traffic over and begin work Eastbound. The goal is to finish the entire project by early 2013.

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