BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier City officials say their Downtown Re-Envisioning Project is entering its final stretch and expected to end in a few weeks.
City spokesmen Mark Natale said in a release that the contractor is expected to put down the final layer of asphalt on Barksdale Boulevard through downtown on June 5.
The process is expected to take about three days.
During that time the entire portion of Barksdale Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic. All traffic will be detoured via Delhi Street and Ogilvie Street.
Once the last layer of asphalt is in place and good to go for traffic, Barksdale Boulevard will reopen in two sections - from Traffic Street to Monroe Street and from Watson Street to Hamilton Road.
The portion of Barksdale Boulevard between Monroe Street to Watson Street will remain closed for about three weeks while crosswalks are installed, but Bossier City Liaison Pam Glorioso, says after this week, there should be no more major road closures that affect thru traffic.
"We know this process has been hurting many businesses, but we're in the 8th inning getting ready to enter the 9th inning now," said Glorioso.
On Sunday, June 11, the portion of Traffic Street at Barksdale Boulevard to Delhi Street will be milled and overlaid. The milling work is scheduled to take place on June 11 with the overlay scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 12 and 13.
The city has notified businesses in the downtown area of this work schedule and closures.
Kristy Tift owns Retro 521, a coffee and sandwich shop, and says businesses have definitely struggled to stay afloat. She says much of the new development has taken longer than expected, but now, it feels like we're in the home stretch.
"Being a former owner of a business down here, we have looked for this and anticipated this for a long time. Knowing what it's going to do to this area, I'm very optimistic about how it's going to help and improve the area," said Tift.
All of the work is contingent on the weather.