Officials discuss proposed I-210 Cove Lane-Nelson Road interchange

By By John Guidroz / American Press

Officials with a Baton Rouge-based environmental company Thursday discussed the proposed Interstate 210 Cove Lane-Nelson Road

interchange, a project they said would make it easier to access the I-210 corridor.

Scott Hoeffeld, project manager for Arcadis U.S. Inc. said the proposal includes a roundabout at Cove Lane and West Prien

Lake Road. The project’s two phases would be interchange improvements at Cove Lane, along with improvements on Nelson Road

and a realigning of West Prien Lake Road.

The plan — called the “preferred

alternative” — was one of six that were presented during a public

meeting in September. According

to a report by the state highway department, it would have the

least impact to commercial and residential property and would

be the most affordable.

The report says the plan “proposes use of a diverging diamond interchange design at Nelson Road and construction of a tight

urban diamond interchange at Cove Lane.” Cove Lane “will be extended north under a new overpass for I-210, and West Prien

Lake Road will be relocated to the east and north of the Prien Lake Plaza on the north side of I-210.”

The report also says West Prien Lake Road would be relocated “through the parking lot of Prien Lake Plaza on the north side”

of the interstate.

Hoeffeld told the American Press

in September that the project “could cost between $60 million and $100

million,” and that “$50 million has already been identified

through private, state, local and parish entities.”

Hoeffeld said public comments received by Dec. 28 will be included in the transcript of Thursday’s hearing.

The full report can be found at the Department of Transportation and Development office, 5827 U.S. 90 East; the Calcasieu

Parish Public Library, Central Branch; and the Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission office, 326

Pujo St.

The meeting was held at the Springhill Suites Marriott.

Online: www.dotd.la.gov/planning/environ/home.aspx.