Construction Begins at Busy Intersection in S'port

By Adria Goins – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Drivers in Shreveport might be facing more headaches at an intersection that is already a pain to drive through these days. The state is working on expanding portions of the Bert Kouns and Youree Drive intersection.

This project is expected to take about 30 days. The state is adding two new turn lanes on Youree Drive at the Bert Kouns crossroads, but the construction could be a bigger hassle than drivers expected.

Gerald Gatch drives the stretch of road about once a week to go to doctor's offices in the area. He is familiar with the road conditions.

"It's terrible, really, very heavy and congested and now that they've torn this up it's ridiculous," said Gatch.

The congestion at the intersection is what prompted the state to widen the road. They are adding two new turn lanes along the median. The bad news for drivers is that traffic will be forced to shrink to one lane.

"The truth of the matter is, yes, traffic is backing up on Youree because we do have it down to one lane," said Greg Wall, Area Engineer for the Department of Transportation. "We encourage motorists to try to find an alternate route during this time so they can get around a little bit better."

Wall said that drivers need to be patient because this expansion will not last long. It's expected to take one month.

"It will definitely help traffic flow and allow more people to get through the intersection."

Wall also said the project will cost the state $450,000.

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