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I-10 reopens in Ascension following roadwork

6 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, July 09 2017 Jul 9, 2017 July 09, 2017 8:21 PM July 09, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Fruge

ASCENSION – The eastbound lanes of I-10 have reopened Sunday in Ascension following some weekend roadwork.

The lanes of I-10 East, originally scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, were closed where the interstate intersects with US 61 in Ascension Parish near Sorrento.

While the lanes are now opened, crews continue work to fix the overhead ramp from Airline Hwy. as of Sunday night. The interstate that was damaged back in 2015, by a contractor moving large machinery. 

The same party who originally hit the ramp is also fixing it, and footing the million dollar price tag. No tax payer dollars are being used in the fix. 

Instead of nightly lane closures lasting for months at a time, their crews closed I-10 for a weekend back in March, so they could fix the ramp about 150 feet to the side of I-10. 

Just last month, crews attempted to replace the ramp, but had to stop when lightning became an issue. 

Rodney Mallet, a spokesperson for DOTD, says another closure was needed to try again. 

"They did it last time. They had everything put back in place and they were bolting it, when they decided not to move forward because of the weather. That experience of lining it up and putting the bolts in, that will help them this time," he said.

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