I-10 widening project gets delays again, due to weather

POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 5:23pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 5:24pm

The non-stop rain is putting a damper on a lot in our area, including the I-10 widening project. You'll recall, DOTD had projected back in December, which the project would be finished between by now. But officials say the weather has made that impossible.

"I thought it would have been finished but it looks like its taking pretty much a long time, they are moving a long but kind of slow," says Troy Jefferson.

Jefferson is fed up with the ongoing construction on 1-10 but he knows that the excessive rain and harsh weather are to blame for the delay.

"It's making a lot of delays so they cant do too much because the ground is saturated and the ground cant move but they is out there work but cant move too much because they cant put cement down so its a lot they cant do."

And the DOTD says it is doing what it can to get the ball rolling.

“They should be able to continue to move forward for the general public we do ask for them to bear with us because weather is the big contingency here so once we have some clear skies we can finish those last few things to get the project open," says Jodi Conachen, the Communications Director for the DOTD.

And some people including Glen Gibbons say construction projects in town are never finished on time.

“I'm sure the weather has an effect on the people doing construction and that's not something they can help but there is always something that has it slows down in Baton Rouge," says Gibbons.

The DOTD say despite the weather affecting the major parts of the project, it is still pushing through.

“So there is still work that's ongoing items that will continue to move it forward and work through the weather you will see some guy out there in the rain and anytime there is a moment of clarity a clear sky they do get out on the job site and try to push things through," noted Conachen.

And troy and Glen say even though it's frustrating, they will do what they can -to avoid the headache.

“I know how to work around it and adjust,” says Jefferson. “I just avoid it and find other alternate routes,” says Gibbons.

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