METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) — Drivers from the Kenner-area who take Interstate 10 in and out of New Orleans, know the congestion that can pile up.
But now I-10 — from Veterans to Clearview — has been widened from 3 to 5 lanes.
Tuesday morning, local politicians celebrated the completion of that section with a ribbon cutting.
That construction began more than 3 years ago, in October of 2011.
But now this 1.2 mile stretch of I-10 is bigger and better. This 42.4 million dollar project also included ramp and bridge work, as well as, the construction of a sound wall.
In the early 1990s, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development began mapping out a $300 million expansion of I-10 in New Orleans.
The next two widening projects are also in Jefferson Parish, from Williams Blvd to Veterans and Loyola Drive to Williams.
Both are only in the design phase.
They will widen the interstate 3.5 miles and will also include, ramp, bridge and sound wall work.
We spoke with DOTD officials about the long-term plan of all this construction and what they had to say to critics who are fed up with how long all of this construction is taking.
Public Information Officer Bambi Hall told us that this is a process. Their biggest challenges: putting together the proper designs and securing funding.
The estimated cost for the two new projects ranges from $10 to $115 million.