DOTD announces bridge joint repairs on I-10 in Lake Charles
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:45:26 PM
BATON ROUGE – Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3, weather permitting. After almost 60 years of service, the expansion joints on I-10 need maintenance work. This maintenance, being performed by C.E.C., Inc. of Lafayette, will upgrade I-10 to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 redecking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 is expected to last approximately 4 months, weather permitting. All construction work will take place between the west side of the Calcasieu River Bridge and Opelousas Street.

Work will begin in the eastbound lanes of I-10. The outside lane will remain open while construction takes place in the inside lanes. Once complete, traffic will move to the new construction while repairs are completed in the closed outside lane. The westbound lanes will follow a similar pattern. Lane closures will be in effect on a 24/7 basis.

Motorists are advised to use I-210 as a detour while work takes place. Additionally, motorists may use LA 12 via LA 27 and U.S. 171.

To help mitigate traffic congestion, DOTD will take several measures:
  • Implement a queue detection system, which provides real-time traffic information to drivers via message boards and flashing signs.
  • Increase Motorist Assistance Patrol (MAP) coverage to three day units and two night units.
  • The contractor competitively bid construction time. Work will be accomplished using an aggressive schedule to minimize impacts.
The public can also help to reduce congestion in the following ways:
  • Carpooling
  • Consolidating trips
  • Making trips at off-peak times when possible
  • Staying informed
Motorists can stay informed through several resources:
  • Motorists can see the entire state and view traffic cameras, check on construction, see traffic issues and conditions, and more. They can also create their own routes and have alerts sent to their phones via email or text by signing up for My511.
  • MyDOTD This is a web portal that allows travelers to view and receive scheduled lane closures, press releases, and public meeting notices via email.
  • 511 app – From the 511 website, the app can be downloaded for Apple or Android phones.
  • DOTD Facebook page This is a good source for daily information.
  • Twitter traffic pagesAnother great way to stay up to date with traffic issues is the series of DOTD Twitter traffic pages for each metro region in the state.
  • DOTD YouTube This channel provides fun facts, educational video shorts, and monthly messages from Secretary Wilson.
  • DOTD telephone/email – DOTD’s customer service can be reached at or 877-452-3683.
The public may also request informational handouts about the project by calling 337-437-9100.