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Officials promise end to I-10, I-12 construction by close of 2013

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:26am

Ask almost anyone in Baton Rouge how they feel about the ongoing I-10, I-12 construction and you'll hear a lot of frustrations.

"Horrible! I'll take the longer way around. I hate it, I can't take it, it's awful. I’ll be so glad when they're done with it," Youlanda Shelton, a Baton Rouge driver, exclaimed.

"Sometimes they work on weekends, sometimes nights. But sometimes it seems like it's at their leisure and not at some sense of urgency," Larry Broussard, another area commuter, said.

The latest change drivers may have noticed is a shift in traffic between the Essen lane and I-12 split, an indication, officials say, that things are moving along.

"It's definitely an indication of progress. The crews are working to shift over those lanes, so that they can shift the eastbound lanes this coming weekend," Bill Grass, a spokesman for the Geaux Wider project, explained.

But even though officials say the project keeps trucking along, there is still no specific end date in sight.

"It's really hard to pin down a more specific date at this time because there are so many factors that can affect the time frame of the project, such as weather, equipment malfunctions. Things like that, so right now we're just saying early 2013," Grass continued.

But there are some who say despite the years of construction headaches it will all be worth it.

"I do appreciate, I think when they get finished it will be a lot better. So we got to put up with them working on it," Connie Perry, an Ascension Parish commuter, said.

Grass promises there should be a more definite end date in sight in a few months, and of course when the project is complete there will be three lanes of traffic in both directions.

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