Flyover ramp to new airport expected to finish early

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Crews are expected to be at work in the coming weeks to begin construction on the $125.6 million flyover ramps from I-10 in Kenner to the new Armstrong International Airport.

But, according to a report from WWL-TV, those crews should not be around as long as first expected.

Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson said work on the new $1 billion terminal began years before a contract for the flyover ramps was even written.

The first plans, drawn up in 2018, called for the new ramps to be completed some four years after the terminal opened. However, that opening date has shifted several times and is now set for sometime this fall.

Construction at Loyola Drive and Veterans Boulevard is mostly finished. Loyola has been widened to allow more cars to get to and from the terminal while work on the flyover ramps is underway.

"You may not see the full construction, (yet) … but they are actually working on the project,”  said Wilson.

Visible work is expected to begin early next year.

A press release from the DOTD said the ramps are now expected to open in late 2022, years earlier than first projected. But Wilson recently told WWL-TV that it could be done as soon as 2021.

The ramp construction is being done in phases as a design-build project, meaning the design and construction will happen at the same time, which is expected to lead to a shorter construction window.

Wilson warned of some “very minor” congestion as work begins and said the interstate could be closed at times when crews need to hang beams across the roadway.