Hwy. 73 Widening Project update

Staff reports

This project will reconstruct and widen 2.3 miles of La. 73 from two to three lanes, from Airline Hwy. (U.S. 61) to I-10. The project will add a center turn lane and widen the current width of the driving lanes from 11.5 feet to 12 feet as well as add a 6-foot shoulder on each side. The project will finish Summer 2013.

Contractors are currently installing box culverts at the Grand Goudine canal that will replace the bridge currently in place. A two lane detour is being installed to route traffic over the box culverts that will allow for the removal of the current bridge.

Learn more about the job by visiting the project’s Web page at www.dotd.la.gov. Click on “Projects” from the “Programs & Projects” section of the main menu on the left-hand side of the page and select the “LA 73 Widening, I-10 to US 61” link.

You can also follow the LA 73 Widening Project (http://www.facebook.com/La73Widening) on Facebook. Once you open a Facebook account, project information can be accessed by entering "Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development" or "LA 73 Widening" into the search field.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit www.dotd.la.gov, email dotdcs@la.gov, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.