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The lights that were installed on the Interstate 10 bridge last month have improved visibility and have withstood the vibrations caused by traffic, according to one Calcasieu Parish official. (American Press Archives)<br>

The lights that were installed on the Interstate 10 bridge last month have improved visibility and have withstood the vibrations caused by traffic, according to one Calcasieu Parish official. (American Press Archives)

Bridge lights pilot program working well so far

Last Modified: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:47 AM

By John Guidroz / American Press

The lights that were installed on the Interstate 10 bridge last month have improved visibility and have withstood the vibrations caused by traffic, according to one Calcasieu Parish official.

“I drive (the bridge) every morning, and they are working well so far,” Parish Engineer Tim Conner said Monday.

Conner said the project is a three-month pilot program to see if the new LED lights will work.

He said five overhead lights were installed at the top of the bridge, along with three “wall packs,” which are light fixtures on the bridge’s structure.

The lights will be evaluated after two months before any additional lights are installed, Conner said. The reevaluation must be approved by the state Department of Transportation and Development.

Conner said it would cost an estimated $449,898 to light the entire bridge. He said the city of Westlake would contribute $30,000, and that the state has committed just over $92,000 in federal money. The City of Lake Charles and the parish would split the remaining $327,500.

Conner also had an update on another project — replacing the Miller Avenue Bridge in Westlake.

He said crews should begin working this week to replace the Miller Avenue Bridge in Westlake, a project that was delayed for about a month.

He said the project was delayed because the contractor — Cecil D. Gassiott LLC — was finishing a project in Baton Rouge related to Hurricane Isaac.

Conner said Miller Avenue will be closed for about six months while the bridge is replaced. The original bridge was built in 1960.

The project is being paid for with federal funds as part of the state DOTD’s Off-System Bridge Program. He said it has an estimated cost of $1.5 million.

Posted By: Doug On: 12/4/2012

Title: BULL!!!

Lights everywhere else, including bridge lights, withstand the traffic vibrations, and many of them have much more traffic. That excuse was a "'crock" from the beginning.

Posted By: Doug On: 12/4/2012

Title: BULL!!!

Bridge lights, and other highway lights, withstand the traffic vibrations EVERYWHERE else, and many of them have much more traffic. That excuse was a "crock" from the beginning.

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