WASHINGTON—Today, the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) finalized the awarding of a $60 million grant to the State of Louisiana, to be used for the repair and expansion of I-10 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The project will replace pavement and add an additional lane on I-10 in Lafayette, between the I-10/I-49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Floodway Bridge. This project includes the approximately seven mile west segment and approximately three mile east segment of the corridor; DOTD will complete the middle segment, approximately five miles, as part of a second phase.
In 2015, 120 million tons of freight worth $204 billion traveled over this section of I-10, which is currently comprised of just two lanes of road that were last fully paved in the 1960s.
“Anyone who has driven through this stretch of I-10 knows it can be a nightmare,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The repair and expansion of I-10 in Lafayette is long overdue. This grant will go a long way to begin to address and fix this problem.”
Last April, Dr. Cassidy along with the Louisiana Congressional delegation wrote a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of Louisiana’s application for the Department of Transportation and Development’s FASTLANE Grant Progam.
The Louisiana Congressional delegation letter to the DOT can be read here.