State Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, announced on Nov. 29 that construction for U.S. 61 - Sorrento has recently begun.

State Rep. Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, announced on Nov. 29 that construction for U.S. 61 - Sorrento has recently begun.

For many River Parishes residents and industries the closure of the I-10 Westbound ramp has caused delays and extended detours to access I-10. The closure was caused by damage to one of the girders. The severity of the damage caused for a total replacement.

“The I-10 WB on ramp from U.S. 61 work is ongoing and will be ready for removal of the deck spans in early January," said DOTD Legislative Liaison, Joshua Hollins. "This is the ramp that was hit by a Boh Bros. truck that was hauling equipment and severely damaged a girder on the structure, forcing the ramp’s closure.

Because this girder is a specialized girder and has several specific bends and twists to fit this specific portion of roadway, it has to be specially made. This will add to the time it will take to repair. We are sensitive to the access that the ramp provides for both industry and residents and are working diligently, but safely to get this important ramp repaired."

The work involved a weekend of complete closure of I-10 Eastbound scheduled for Jan. 6, 7, and 8, with a contingency plan in case of bad weather to complete the work on the following weekend - Jan. 13, 14, and 15 between the hours of 9 a.m. that Friday until 5 a.m. on the following Monday.

The ramp remains shut down, and the work will cover the removal of the old girder and deck, and another similar closure will be needed when the new girder and deck is installed. The schedule for the installation of the new span is tentative for mid-March.