In just a few weeks, a busy road in D'Iberville will be torn-up and an old bridge will be blown-up.
On any given day, you'll find more than 7,000 cars traveling on Big Ridge Road in D'Iberville. Starting next week, those drivers will have to find other ways to get around the west end of town.
Monday, if the rain holds off, MDOT will shut down a section of Big
Ridge Road to build a new interchange. For drivers, that will mean traffic headaches.
"We are going to have some detours. It's definitely going to be a challenge," said D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave.
That's because MDOT is launching the second phase of a comprehensive interchange improvement project at I-10 and I-110 in D'Iberville. MDOT will close Big Ridge Road from Boney Avenue to Lamey Bridge Road.
"We're going to widen the roadway to accommodate additional traffic. Traffic is going to flow a heck of a lot better. We know there's going to be a lot more economic boom in the area, new businesses in and around the city of D'Iberville, and we just want to give people more options in and around the city," said MDOT Project Engineer Mike Harter.
As part of the project, crews will finish realigning Boney Avenue, build a new road for southbound traffic to get onto I-110, and add an off-ramp from I-110 to Big Ridge Road.
At the end of June, they'll use explosives to demolish the concrete I-110 overpass bridge.
"The closest business to this bridge is well over 500 feet. So we know explosives is going to be a safe, effective method," said Harter. "The actual demolition will be done on Saturday evening, starting at 7 p.m. and will go through the night until Sunday morning at 9 a.m."
The new bridge will also be wider. The construction project is expected to take at least ten months. So expect to see police officers, detour signs, and traffic signals guiding drivers.
"We do not want to disturb people's normal life, but sometimes projects like this, you just got to have patience to get through it," said Quave.
"It's absolutely going to be worth it in the end. Where there's growth, there's growing pains. If people will be patient with us, and they know this growth is coming, it's a lot better to get these infrastructure improvements in prior to and not after these businesses go in," said Harter.
This is the second bridge to be demolished in D'Iberville. You may remember, the Veterans Memorial Bridge over I-10 was torn down in February and is currently being rebuilt. The entire $41 million interchange project should be completed by fall of 2015.
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