I guess you can say everyone in SWLA, or anyone who has to cross the I-10 Bridge, will breathe a sigh of relief when it's replaced. According to reports, funding from President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and construction on a new and improved bridge over the Calcasieu River could begin in 2024.

Now, over the years, people have had their issues with the bridge, including a person who had a panic attack while driving over it.

N.E. Lant engineered the old bridge, and construction began in 1948 and was completed in 1951. Lant designed the bridge to honor the notorious French pirate Jean Lafitte. There are approximately 5,286 sets of crossed Derringer Pistols on the bridge railing. Originally were about 10,572 because a pedestrian walkway used to be attached to the bridge. The walkway was eliminated due to a new Interstate safety code in the 60s when the bridge was incorporated into I-10.

Even with the walkway removed, that didn't stop some daredevils from skateboarding down that same bridge.

According to Governor Jon Bel Edwards, Louisiana will get roughly $5.9 billion from Biden's BIL for highways and bridges. It can't come soon enough! This week a resident filmed loud sounds coming from the bridge as traffic zoomed across!

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