Interstate 10 widening in Louisiana capital region completed

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $72 million project to widen Interstate 10 in Louisiana's capital region is wrapping up, nearly three years after construction began.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with East Baton Rouge and Ascension parish officials, celebrated the largely completed work at an event Monday. I-10 was widened from four lanes to six lanes from Baton Rouge to Prairieville, and an overpass was replaced and enlarged.

The widening project that started in February 2018 is aimed at easing traffic congestion along an interstate traveled by more than 95,000 motorists daily that featured frequent bottlenecks. The state estimates the number of drivers along that stretch of highway will top 110,000 over the next decade.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican from Baton Rouge who helped secure project financing, said the widening will save commuters up to 15 minutes of travel time.

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