KENNER, La. — People leaving the Armstrong International Airport will no longer have to wait for a red light and a right turn onto I-10 headed toward New Orleans at the interchange with the interstate.
A temporary on-ramp has been set up to allow people leaving the airport or traveling along Veterans Blvd. to take a shortcut to I-10 instead of having to continue on Loyola and wait for a second light at the intersection with I-10.
Eventually a flyover is expected to connect drivers directly to and from the airport without accessing the local Kenner streets.
The temporary on-ramp will help alleviate some of the traffic but drivers will still face a light at the intersection of Loyola and Veterans.
The northbound lanes of Loyola will shift slightly right to accommodate construction of the direct access flyover ramps to and from the airport.
The airport says the work is part of the ongoing $125 million I-10, Loyola Drive Interchange improvements. Once complete, there will be two flyover ramps, which will directly connect the airport to I-10. The project also adds auxiliary lanes along I-10 between Loyola Drive and Williams Boulevard. Loyola Drive and the existing ramps will be modified to accommodate the improvements and to tie into the airport connector road.
Construction on the Loyola Drive, I-10 interchange project is expected to be complete in late 2023 or early 2024, weather permitting.