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.
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.