Weather conditions stall I-10 widening project

Weather conditions stall I-10 widening project

POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 5:34pm

With this cold and damp weather, the six lanes that were supposed to be open already to widen I-10 won’t be opening for another few weeks. Drivers are less than happy.

"I thought it would have been finished, but it looks like it’s taking a long time. They are moving along but kind of slow," stated driver Troy Jefferson.

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

"It (the weather) is making a lot of delays, so they can’t do too much because the ground is saturated and the ground can’t move. They are out there working, but can’t put cement down, so there’s a lot they can’t do."

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,” stated Jodi Conachen with the DOTD. “Once we have some clear skies, we can finish those last few things to get the project open."

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 slows it down in Baton Rouge."

DOTD says 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,” stated Conachen. “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."

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