POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 6:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Soon the sounds of construction on I-10 will give way to the sound of cars humming along the new six lane interstate, and the morning commute will become bearable again. The Geaux Wider project, a project years in the making is finally coming to a close along portions of I-10. Officials with DOTD announced Tuesday all lanes from the I-10/I-12 split to Siegen Lane within the next few weeks.
"What we're anticipating right now is around towards the end of January 2013," Sheri LeBase with DOTD explained.
Drivers who use that stretch of I-10 will soon no longer be subjected to the slow crawl which is their daily commute, and for those who drive it every day, the projects end can't come soon enough.
“It’s been so long, and we need it in Baton Rouge. Congestion is horrible. Wrecks are horrible. But it would make life much easier for traffic," Jessica Dixon, a daily commuter, explained.
"I am excited about that. Like I’ve been waiting for that to be ready," Cheyenne Guarena, another unconvinced driver, added.
As the larger Geaux Wider project continues to move forward, smaller projects like the Essen lane off-ramp are also being completed and opened, much to the relief of drivers.
Though portions of the interstate will be competed before the end of January, DOTD engineers have said it will cause less traffic problems if all sections are opened at once.
The last leg of the widening project from Siegen Lane to Highland will be open up in the early spring of 2013.