I-10, I-12 split widening project almost complete

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 3:00am

The widening of the I-10/I-12 split seems to have been causing drivers headaches for longer than they can remember.

"I travel everyday, to and from schools, and to me the amount of time it takes to actually get to my destination with construction is completely inconvenient," James Wilson, a frequent commuter, explained.

In the original projections the project was supposed to wrap up last year, in 2011, but the state had issues with contractors and multiple delays. Officials with Geaux Wider and DOTD are now saying that they have some good news.

"Even with some minor delays we're looking at a finish here in the next couple of months," Bill Grass, of the Geaux Wider project, explained.

And though officials are promising the project and the ensuing congestion could be finished up by the end of this year, that time frame still isn't soon enough for some.

"(I would like it done) before Christmas. I know it's going to be hard to do, but I think they could do it," motorist Donald Dickerson added.

While that holiday deadline may be ideal for some, Grass said barring a major delay, the end date in sight is very near.

"There are some factors that could come into play such as weather, equipment failure, availability of some of the crews. But the project is just about complete as it is," Grass added.

The projected end date for the I-10 widening from the Siegen Lane exit to the Highland Road exit is set for spring of 2013. And from Juban to Walker crews are looking to wrap up by the end of 2013. 

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