BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier City Council voted unanimously to pass the first reading of the $6 million second phase of the Airline Drive Traffic Relief project.
That project involves building a relief road behind Airline Drive's big box stores. The first $7 million phase of the new road was approved last year and is already being built.
The first phase stretches from Viking Drive to the now under construction George Dement Drive, which will lead into the new shopping district going in between Home Depot and Walmart. Kroger Marketplace will anchor the high-end shopping center that will include Hobby Lobby, Panda Express and Panera Bread.
The second phase would extend the traffic relief road south from George Dement Drive to Douglas and Plantation Drive, which currently are dead end roads.
Last week District 5 Councilman Thomas Harvey said he would vote against the plan, if it involved Douglas Drive. He said he didn't want to bring more traffic to the residential side of Douglas Drive.
"If they take Douglas Drive outside of the equation and don't extend it to the relief road then I would support it," said Harvey at the January 13 meeting.
But Bossier City Engineer Mark Hudson responded saying the point of including Douglas Drive is because it has a signalized intersection.
Harvey suggested moving the signal from Douglas to Plantation Drive and not connecting Douglas at all to the traffic relief road.
"I'll vote against it, as it stands now," Harvey said at that meeting.
However, Tuesday afternoon, Harvey voted for the plan explaining his vote is on the entire project and not just that single traffic light.
Several people living on Douglas Drive attended the meeting and spoke up about their concerns.