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I-210/Cove Lane Interchange

Understanding existing traffic patterns to project access needs

  • $38M

    Construction Cost

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Planning and designing a new interchange with access improvements to two casino developments

In March of 2011, a developer we were working with said: “the one thing that keeps me awake at night is the thought of completing a $500 million casino without suitable access.” We heard what he said, and we took action. Our team would work diligently to complete roadway access improvements that the casino needed, on time and on budget.

The new Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles would attract hundreds of additional visitors, and existing access would have created a choke point on I-210 at the Cove Lane interchange. Serving as lead roadway designer and project manager, our team first investigated I-210 and nearby interchanges to understand existing traffic patterns and project access needs.

We needed to convert the existing one-ramp interchange to a full interchange. Typically, this approach could require more time and money. So, we proposed 30 different configurations of the project. Ultimately, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) approved a tight urban diamond interchange design because it would minimize right-of-way impacts, reduce costs, and expedite the project schedule while providing a full interchange.

Available funding was tight, so we devised a plan to include a $20 million share by the private developer, combined with funds from the DOTD, state bonds, and local sources. The project opened in time for the 2015 Independence Day celebration--five years ahead of schedule. Collaboration was key, and our relationships with stakeholders, knowledge of requirements, and innovative thinking led to a success story for the client and local community. 

At a Glance

Offices
Architect
L’Auberge du Lac: Bergman, Walls & Associates; Golden Nugget: A Bergman, Walls & Associates
Award
2016 ENR TX/LA Award of Merit in the Highways/Bridges
Meet Our Team

Cindy Hall, Senior Associate

I enjoy my job because I see the results of our solutions around the community; improving traffic flow and roadway safety improves lives.

Gary Heitman, Senior Associate

My goal is to design highways that not only have functional geometry and solve transportation problems, but that truly enhance circulation, are aesthetically pleasing, and meet the needs of the growing community.

Stephen Mensah, Traffic Engineer/Safety Analyst

Safety is essential in supporting viable, socio-economic activities and a high quality of life for the entire community.
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Stephen Wallace, Principal, Transportation

My goal is to add value to people’s lives by developing innovative and creative solutions that are borne from collaboration.

Cindy Hall

Senior Associate

Gary Heitman

Senior Associate

Stephen Mensah

Traffic Engineer/Safety Analyst

Stephen Wallace

Principal, Transportation

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