Lake Charles, LA – Today, the Southwest Economic Alliance announced its “In for 10” campaign to build support and urgency for a new I-‐10 Calcasieu Bridge.
“The I-‐10 bridge is important to the Southwest Louisiana community and our infrastructure,” said George Swift, President & CEO SWLA Economic Development Alliance. “The Calcasieu bridge is the gateway into the energy capital of the South and now is the time to rebuild the bridge as we experience unprecedented economic growth.”
As it stands now, it could be another 20 years before a new bridge is built. Since 1980, we have heard about plans to rebuild the I-‐10 bridge. This community can no longer wait. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has been underway since March 2012 and is currently delayed until mid 2017 due to the Navigational Use Study. In addition, other state highway projects are taking priority ahead of a new I-‐10 Calcasieu bridge. Currently, there is no funding or plan design.
Swift stated, “The “In for 10” campaign will clear environmental issues, complete the design phase and identify funding for the project. Our goal is to work collaboratively with our local, parish and state agencies and the Southwest Louisiana community stakeholders to fast track and rebuild the I-‐10 bridge.”
“The Southwest Economic Development Alliance is coordinating a communications campaign that is necessary for this project to move forward,” said Mayor Chris Duncan, City of Sulphur. “I personally travel to Lake Charles several times a week and sometimes my visits coincide with traffic congestion making it more difficult to get over that bridge. I definitely support rebuilding the I-‐10 Calcasieu Bridge.”
The “In for 10” campaign will begin immediately to generate support through communications and presentations to civic organizations, municipalities and parish governments throughout Southeast Texas and the State of Louisiana.
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Contact: Amanda White