LAKE CHARLES — Motorists in southwest Louisiana traveling Interstate 10 eastbound near Kinder will have a bit of a detour for a few days.
State transportation officials say the roadway will be closed to all traffic at Exit 44, the Kinder exit onto U.S. 165 just east of Iowa, beginning Saturday at 4 a.m. until Nov. 6 at 4 a.m.
The closure was ordered for crews to perform bridge repair work.
The state Department of Transportation and Development say extra troopers will be in the area to help keep traffic moving and the department will have signage and electronic message boards to provide guidance to drivers.
Motorists in the area can expect delays and are asked to pay close attention to warning signs as well as to watch for stopped vehicles. Travel from the north or south on U.S. 165 at Interstate 10 may also be restricted.
The primary detour for I-10 eastbound traffic will take Exit 44 to U.S. 165 South then east onto La. 3258 then onto I-10 Eastbound via a temporary ramp about 1¼ miles east of U.S. 165.
A secondary detour will have motorists taking Exit 44 to U.S. 165, then north 3.5 miles to La. 101, then east on La. 101 for 4.8 miles to I-10.
To avoid delays at Exit 44, suggested detours include:
- For motorists coming from Texas on I-10 eastbound, take La. 12 and continue east on U.S. 190.
- La. 12 may be accessed from I-10 at Exit 4 (Toomey), then north on La. 109, continue driving for 12 miles to La. 12 (Starks).
- U.S. 190 may be accessed from I-10 at Exit 33 (Lake Charles), proceed north on U.S. 171, continue driving 19 miles to U.S. 190 (Ragley).
- I-10 eastbound traffic can detour around the closure area by exiting onto U.S. 90 (Exit 31B) and then traveling east on U.S. 90 to La. 101 in Lacassine before turning left along La. 101 to reconnect with I-10.