State officials want the public to cast votes in an online poll on what the new bridge across City Park Lake should look like.

The bridge replacement is part of a massive project to widen the eight miles of Interstate 10 between La. Hwy 415 on the west bank and the I-10/12 split.

An online poll asks participants to rank four bridge designs and three monument tower designs. Click here to vote. 

Shawn Wilson, secretary for the state Department of Transportation and Development, said Thursday if one of four bridge designs gets overwhelming support DOTD will go with the public's request.

"If there is a clear and present winner and there are no show stoppers that is what we are going to go with," Wilson said.

If the tally is close, he said, state officials may ask the Metro Council or Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to offer their opinions. About 2,100 people had cast votes as of Tuesday morning.

Motorists crossing City Park Lake on I-10 enjoy views across the lake toward LSU, and for westbound travelers the bridge indicates arrival in downtown Baton Rouge. For these reasons, DOTD envisions the new City Park Lake bridge to be a “signature” element for the project.

Four design concepts have been developed for the public to review. Three monument tower designs, which will be placed at the corners are also in the mix.

The options are available at i10br.com under the green ribbon called "I-10 City Park Lake Signature Bridge Poll."

The poll is active until midnight on Aug. 31.

The current bridge, which dates back to the 1960s, is used by tens of thousands of motorists daily.

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What the new bridge will look like is considered a major part of the I-10 overhaul. Costs of the new structure are unclear and depends on the final version.

DOTD officials have sought public input on other projects as part of required outreach efforts.

A separate project is developing the City Park and University Lake systems. The Franklin Associates is working with DOTD on a new I-10 bridge across City Park lakes as well as with the coalition refurbishing the lakes to ensure the two very separate projects are aligned.

The coalition of state, local and LSU interests handling the deepening of the lakes, improving the natural habitat and upgrading recreational uses, also is seeking public input.

The direct links to the University Lakes polls, which are active throughout the month of August.

Part 1: What kind of activities do you want at the lakes?

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6467210/Part-1-University-Lakes-Open-House-2

Part 2: What do you want the lake edges to look like?

https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6447866/Part-2-University-Lakes-Open-House-2

Email Will Sentell at wsentell@theadvocate.com.