ALLIANCE lAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR NEW I-10 CALCASIEU RIVER BRIDGE

By Liz Koh

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

The Southwest Economic Development Alliance launched a new a campaign to increase urgency for a new I-10 Calcasieu River bridge between Lake Charles and Westlake.

It's called "In For 10." 

The announcement was made in front of city and state officials on Wednesday in Lake Charles. 

The purpose of the campaign is to build support for a new I-10 bridge, which has been long overdue, said George Swift, president of the Alliance. With the economic expansion taking place in Southwest Louisiana, it's crucial to get the ball rolling on this project, he said.

“We're going to have a lot more vehicles, trucks and increased traffic," Swift said. "The pressure on the I-10 bridge is going to be more than ever so we need to start as soon as possible to resolve the environmental issues that are holding up the construction and then to get into the design and function.”

Underground contamination from an ethylene dichloride spill in 1994 has been an obstacle for a new bridge.

The campaign's coalition intends to figure out what the status is for the contamination so they can move forward with the bridge project.

"What we hope to do is have this coalition to support our elected officials in the state Department of Transportation to get this project done," Swift said.

Liz Koh will have more on this story at Live at Five and 7News at Six.

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