In for 10; Rising for a New I-10 Bridge is a public relations campaign sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance created to influence public opinion by building a grassroots coalition generating urgency and need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge for Southwest Louisiana residents and travelers.

A NEW I-10 BRIDGE IS CRITICAL

The I-10 Calcasieu Bridge is important. Built in 1952 under governorship of Earl K. Long, the I-10 Calcasieu Bridge is the gateway into the energy corridor of Southwest Louisiana. In the midst of a regional economic surge, Southwest Louisiana is anticipating traffic volume to increase from currently 53,000 vehicles per day to 72,000 vehicles per day by 2025.

 

Since the 1980's, engineering and environmental feasibility studies have examined alternatives for replacement of the existing high-level bridge (135ft vertical clearance) with a new mid-level bridge to include a Sampson Street interchange option.

 

To date, environmental, legal, and navigational use studies have significantly delayed the project. Transportation funding is limited and the need for a new I-10 bridge is critical.


WHY IS THE PROPOSED PROJECT NEEDED?

  • Inadequate Capacity & Increased Congestion
  • Lack of System Connectivity
  • Roadway Deficiencies
  • Safety Concerns

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO BE INVESTIGATED

  • Designing the proposed bridge structure to accommodate 3 travel lanes and 1 auxiliary lane, with inside and outside shoulders and potential frontage roads in each direction
  • Lowering the height of the bridge
  • Reducing the existing 420 foot truss span of the bridge to 2 main spans
  • Beyond the bridge limits, reconstructing the I-10 mainlanes to accommodate 3 travel lanes in each direction
  • Redesigning the Sampson Street interchange including review of crossings with existing railroads
  • Redesigning access to and from I-10 on the west side of the bridge between Sampson Street and PPG Drive and near the east end of the bridge
  • Consideration of frontage roads from PPG Drive to US 90 East

Source www.i10lakecharles.com


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