By Jeff Palermo
The state department of transportation is hopeful the major overlay project on I-20 in Webster Parish will wrap around the Thanksgiving weekend, which would be ahead of schedule. DOTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says the westbound lanes are complete and contractors are working in the eastbound lanes.
"Which will be followed by applying asphalt to the shoulder, permanent striping, and some guard rail work," Buchanan said.
The 29-million dollar project to improve nearly 10-miles of interstate began in January of 2016. Buchanan says crews removed the surface of existing pavement, which is called cold plane.
"You do that to remove any of that old bumpy surface that so many people are familiar with on parts of I-20. By doing that you prolong the life of the roadway," Buchanan said.
Buchanan says once the work is complete, motorists will experience a greatly improved travel experience for this section of I-20.
"Lots of parts of I-20 need to have this sort of work done, so we are glad to be able to have this stretch completed very soon," Buchanan said.