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FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road closures/lane shifts in the ArkLaTex

“Barring any complications or delays,” LaDOTD spokeswoman Erin Buchanan told KSLA News 12, the...
“Barring any complications or delays,” LaDOTD spokeswoman Erin Buchanan told KSLA News 12, the Spring Street overpass in Shreveport will be reopened to traffic sometime Aug. 22. The span has been closed since being significantly damaged in a train derailment April 24.(Source: Erin Buchanan/LaDOTD)
Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 3:01 PM CDT|Updated: 6 hours ago
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(KSLA) — Here are ongoing road closures and lane shifts in the ArkLaTex.

BIENVILLE PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Thursday, March 31, the LA 4 bridge over drain near Friendship, approximately 0.14 miles east of LA 155 and approximately two miles west of Danville, is closed due to deficiencies found. This closure will be in effect until repairs can be made. Alternate Route: All vehicles must detour using LA 155 and LA 147.
  • Effective immediately, LA 154 just west of its intersection with LA 4 in Ringgold is closed. This closure is necessary due to a collapse in the roadway. DOTD is currently investigating the cause, and mobilizing to determine the appropriate repairs. There is no timeline on when repairs will be complete, but DOTD will issue further communication when additional information is available. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Restrictions/Permits: Total road closure at the railroad tracks. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

BOSSIER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Friday, July 15 at 6 a.m., LA 157 at the Kansas City Southern Railroad crossing in Haughton will be closed. This closure is located just south of the intersection with LA 614, and is scheduled to last until Saturday, July 16 at 6 p.m. This is to allow KCS crews to make necessary repairs to their tracks. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

Beginning Wednesday, June 22, there will be lane closures on I-220 eastbound and westbound over the Red River. The lane closures are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day: Outside lanes

These lane closures are necessary to allow DOTD crews to clean and remove litter and debris from the bridge. This work will be performed weather permitting.

  • DOTD has announced a project to improve a section of LA 3 (Benton Road) in north Bossier Parish. The $6.3 million project provides concrete patching, milling and an asphalt overlay on both the northbound and southbound lanes of LA 3 from I-220 north to Kingston Road. Beginning Thursday, May 26, there will be intermittent lane closures in place as concrete patching gets underway. While efforts are already in place to minimize the inconvenience to the traveling public, traffic flow will be monitored as the project kicks off to determine if lane closure times need to be adjusted. This phase of work with intermittent lane closures will last approximately six months. The entire project is expected to wrap up early spring of 2023, with progress dependent on weather conditions. LA 3 services approximately 14,500 vehicles per day in the vicinity of Wemple Road and as many as 27,400 near Vanceville Road. Motorists should anticipate possible delays while work is underway. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • The Linton Road bridge replacement project over Cypress Black Bayou Reservoir in the northern part of the parish is making progress as it moves toward completion. Since the $5 million project began in April of 2021, the contractor has completed the removal of the old bridge, which had aged to the point of needing replacement in order to effectively serve the rapidly growing the north Bossier Parish community. Construction of a new retaining wall included in the project has been completed. Another major milestone, pouring of the bridge deck (the surface on which motorists drive) has also wrapped up. Also, the contractor is completing embankment work for the approach slabs that act as the transition between the roadway pavement and the bridge itself. Next, the concrete barrier rail along the edge of the bridge and retaining will be installed, followed by guardrail, permanent signage, and striping. Over the course of the project, the timeline has fluctuated due to the availability of materials and supply chain challenges. However, the project is on track to be open to traffic in late July of 2022, prior to the beginning of the school year. The original bridge was built in 1978, and is owned and maintained by the Bossier Parish Police Jury (BPPJ). DOTD understands that any type of bridge closure creates an inconvenience to the community it serves, and the public’s continued patience is appreciated.
  • The Bossier Parish Levee Board is working on improving the drainage in the Crowing Lane area. Due to the progress on the drainage system, they will have to temporarily close Crowing Lane. The closure will start Monday, March 28. The Bossier Parish Levee Board anticipates the closure to last around 90 days.
  • The northbound outside lane of LA 3 (Benton Road) between US 80 and Shed Road in Bossier City is closed. This lane closure is necessary to allow for emergency maintenance work on the roadway at this location, and will remain in place until the work is complete. DOTD apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the public’s patience while this necessary work is underway. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • One of Bossier Parish’s busiest intersections is scheduled for a major overhaul following action by the Police Jury. Members voted unanimously to award a $741,000 contract to Earnest Contracting for turn lane extensions at the Benton Road (Highway 3)/I-220 intersection, a project designed to help improve north and south traffic flow through the area. Bossier Parish and the City of Bossier City will split the project cost. Highway 3 is a state highway and a permit from DOTD has been obtained for the construction work. Traffic studies have shown roughly 30% of the driving population of the parish travels through the intersection, both north and southbound, Monday through Friday mornings and afternoons. Plans call for the lane extensions to be completed within 45 to 60 days. The Police Jury says the project hopefully will be finished before the state begins rehabilitation of I-20 through Bossier City. That project is scheduled to go out for bid in November.
  • Beginning Friday, July 30, 2021 there will be intermittent nightly lane closures on LA 3 (Benton Road) from US 80 (E Texas Street) to I-220 in Bossier City. These nightly lane closures are scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and are necessary to allow AEP to install fiber along Benton Road. These intermittent nightly lane closures will take place until the utility work is complete. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • Intermittent lane closures are scheduled to begin Friday, July 30, 2021 on a section of LA Highway 3 (Benton Road) from US Highway 80 (E Texas Street) north to I-220 in Bossier City. Lane closures are scheduled from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. nightly to allow AEP to install fiber along Benton Road. Closures will continue until the utility company completes the project.
  • Construction will soon begin on an extension of the Arthur Ray Teague multi-use trail, a project that will take the trail from its current terminus at the Red River Wildlife Refuge south to Parkway High School. The project is scheduled to begin Sept. 1, 2021. Funding for the more than $1.3 million southern extension will come from the Red River Waterway Commission. Included in the construction project is approximately 2.4 miles of trails.
Construction will soon begin on an extension of the Arthur Ray Teague multi-use trail, a...
Construction will soon begin on an extension of the Arthur Ray Teague multi-use trail, a project that will take the trail from its current terminus at the Red River Wildlife Refuge south to Parkway High School.(Bossier Parish Police Jury)
  • As of Jan. 10, contractors for the Bossier Parish Jury are continuing to make progress on a new bridge over Flat River and roadway alignment to Linton Road at the site. Part of the $2 million construction project is laying a new section of highway designed to remove a hazardous curve at the concrete bridge. Crews are on schedule with an anticipated completion date in the spring of 2022, weather permitting. Police Jury highway department crews are also scheduled to begin repair work soon on the portion of Linton Road between the bridge construction projects.
Linton Road will be closed from the intersection with Airline Drive so workers can replace the...
Linton Road will be closed from the intersection with Airline Drive so workers can replace the bridge over Flat River.(Bossier Parish Police Jury)

BOWIE COUNTY - TEXAS

  • The City of Texarkana, Texas will begin reconstructing Richwood Drive and Richwood Place on Monday, June 6. The project will consist of removing and replacing the existing concrete street pavement. The streets will become one-way during construction. Pending any weather events, the estimated completion date will be July 25. Residents will maintain access to their residences at all times.
  • Work to resurface State Highway 93/Summerhill Road is scheduled to begin the night of Sunday, May 15. The project will stretch from US Highway 67 to I-30 and include the resurfacing of all four lanes. Work is scheduled to take place nightly through Thursday, May 19, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize the impact on motorists and school traffic. Motorists should expect lane closures during the nightly work. At least one lane in each direction will be open throughout the nightly work. The project is expected to wrap up in July, weather permitting.
  • I-30 ramps at US 259 in Morris County, as well as ramps at Spur 594 and FM 2253 in Bowie County are scheduled for rehabilitation early in 2022, TxDOT says. The ramps will be widened to better accommodate heavy traffic. The project also includes pavement repair and installing edge drain to help with drainage underneath the pavement along portions of I-30 between US 259 in Morris County and FM 989 in Bowie County. Work on the project should wrap up in 2024.
  • Garden Road in Hooks is closed to thru-traffic at the 200 block until further notice. Drivers should use an alternate route. If needed, drivers should travel north on FM 1398 to Garden Road/CR 2112.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close a section of North Park Road under the highway bridge as part of their IH-30 construction project beginning Wednesday, July 21, 2021. This closure will be from Century Lane to 200 feet south of the bridge and will last for the entirety of bridge construction. Bridge work is expected to be completed between late October or November of 2022. TxDOT will be ensuring proper signage and detours throughout the entirety of this project.

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • I-30 – From FM 989 to Arkansas State line, widening highway. Reconstructing and widening highway. Eastbound traffic moved to the outside lanes.
  • I-30 – Westbound at Exit 207/Spur 594, ramp rehabilitation. Exit ramp closed. I-30 westbound lanes in this area restricted to one lane.
  • I-30 – Eastbound near US 82 in New Boston, resurfacing highway. Traffic limited to one lane.
  • SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges
  • SH 98 – At Anderson Creek, replacing bridge. All traffic restricted to one lane with signal lights controlling traffic through work zone.
  • FM 2240/Moore’s Lane – From FM 559/Richmond Rd to FM 1397/Summerhill Road, resurfacing road. Traffic limited to one lane Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • SH 93/Summerhill Road – From US 67 to I-30, resurfacing road. Traffic limited to one lane Sunday through Thursday nights.

CADDO PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Tuesday, June 28, LA 511 (W 70th Street) between Kennedy Drive and Walker Road in Shreveport will be closed. This closure is scheduled to last until Tuesday, July 12, and is necessary to allow the contractor to replace a cross drain. This is part of a project to improve safety on LA 511 through the construction of turn lanes near this location. Alternate Route: Total road closure. All vehicles will need to detour. Signage will be in place. Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Sunday, June 26, one lane of both the I-49 northbound and southbound bridges over E 85th Street and KCS Railroad in Shreveport will be closed for routine bridge inspection. These lane closures are scheduled to take place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. This bridge is located approximately 1.9 miles north of LA 526 (Bert Kouns). Alternate Route: These lane closures will allow vehicles 24 feet wide or smaller to pass through the bridge inspection zone. Larger vehicles must detour using LA 3132 to US 171 to LA 511. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Monday, June 27, the I-49 N offramp to LA 3132 W in Shreveport will be closed for routine bridge inspection. This bridge/ramp closure is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This bridge is located approximately one mile north of LA 526 (Bert Kouns). Alternate Route: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour. Signage will be in place. LA 3132 to LA 523 to LA 3132. Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure during the specified time. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Tuesday, June 28, the I-49 S onramp to LA 3132 E over KCS Railroad in Shreveport will be closed for routine bridge inspection. This bridge/ramp closure is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This bridge is located approximately one mile west of LA 526 (Bert Kouns). Alternate Route: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour. Signage will be in place. LA 3132 to US 171 to LA 3132 to I-49. Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure during the specified time. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Wednesday, June 29, one lane of the LA 3032 (Shreveport-Barksdale) Bridge eastbound over the Red River will be closed for routine bridge inspection. This lane closure is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This bridge is located approximately 1.5 miles east of LA 1 (Youree Drive). Permits/Restrictions: This closure will allow vehicles 10 feet wide or smaller to pass through the bridge inspection zone. Larger vehicles must detour using LA 1 to LA 511 to US 71. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • Beginning May 16, the bridge located on Buncombe Road in the western part of the parish will be closed to allow the Caddo Parish Public Works Department to replace the structure. The department will be replacing the bridge and conducting associated road improvements to ensure future decades of durability, safety, and access for motorists that utilize the bridge. Construction is expected to take approximately 90 days. Citizens are asked to use Highway 79 to Highway 80 to Highway 169 as an alternate route.
  • Beginning Monday, May 16, there will be intermittent lane/ramp closures at various interchanges along I-20 in Shreveport. The first intermittent lane closures will be located at the Southern Avenue/Common Street ramps. These closures are related to a project to replace overhead signage and associated equipment. At this time, this work will not affect the main travel lanes of I-20. As work progresses, additional information will be issued. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • The ongoing project to replace the LA 1 bridge over Caddo Lake near Mooringsport in north Caddo Parish continues to make progress. Much of the existing structure, which was built in 1940, has already been removed. As part of that process, on Wednesday, June 29, the contractor will continue with demolition of the bridge footings that are located underwater. Nearby businesses and residents should be advised that this work will take place in the afternoon and may include some loud noises. Other components of the $18.2 million project are also moving forward, including construction of the new bridge, which is being built on a slightly adjusted alignment. The utility relocation phase of the project is also complete. This bridge serves as important connector between the towns of Mooringsport and Oil City, as well as points north and south. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in summer of 2023, with progress dependent on weather conditions and other factors.

CASS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges
  • US 67 – Widening bridge at Jennings Slough. Signal lights controlling one-way traffic.

HARRISON COUNTY - TEXAS

  • A median is scheduled to be constructed near the railroad crossing at US Highway 80 and Industrial Drive this summer, according to plans approved in May by TxDOT. The project, which includes a short distance on both sides of the railroad crossing, will also include a new surface treatment and markings. Rayford’s Truck & Tractor of Marshall was awarded the contract with a bid of $309,959. Work on the project is expected to get underway in August of 2022 and should take about three months to complete. During construction, one lane of travel in each direction will be open for motorists.
  • The bridge at Little Cypress Bayou Relief is scheduled to be replaced in late summer of 2022, according to plans approved in May by TxDOT. During construction, traffic will be limited to one lane across the bridge. Temporary signal lights will control traffic. Highway 19 Construction, LLC of Sulphur Springs was awarded the contract with a bid of $4,618,853. Work is expected to begin in August and should take about 20 months to complete.
  • Northbound lanes of the US 59 overpass crossing I-20 in Marshall will be taken down the night of Sunday, Jan. 2. The northbound lanes will be taken down piece by piece and then new lanes will be built. As that work is being done, US 59 traffic will use the southbound lanes over I-20 and be restricted to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane during that time. Demolition work on the bridge is expected to take place from about 8 p.m. Sunday night until about 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3. During that time, I-20 traffic in both directions will be diverted onto the US 59 exit ramps in Marshall. From there, traffic can cross US 59 and reenter the interstate. Once complete, the new overpass will be about three feet higher to allow for more than 19 feet of clearance over I-20. US 59 traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the bridge for the duration of the project, which is expected to take about 28 months to complete.
  • Several miles of US 80 will be resurfaced. The project will begin at FM 2199 and end at I-20. The guard fence will also be upgraded from 0.2 miles east of Loop 390 all the way to I-20. Work should begin in February of 2022 and be completed around June.
  • I-20 from US 80 to the Louisiana state line will be resurfaced. The project will also include new pavement markings. Work is scheduled to take place Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work on the project should begin in early 2022 and wrap up around September.

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • I-20 – At US 59 overpass, replacing bridge. US 59 traffic shifted to southbound lanes.
  • I-20 – Concrete pavement repair. Various daytime lane closures; expect delays.
  • I-20 – At Lansing Switch Road, constructing new bridge over interstate. Lansing Switch Road closed to through traffic. Possible lane closures on I-20.
  • SH 43 – At Kansas City Southern Railroad in Karnack, widening bridge over railroad. Northbound lanes closed with signal lights controlling one-way traffic.
  • US 80 – From Loop 390 to I-20, resurfacing highway. Daytime lane closures; expect delays.
  • CR 2116 – At Haggerty Creek, replacing bridge. Bridge closed to thru traffic.
  • US 59 – FM 1186 to Panola County line, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures.

MARION COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • US 59 – From SH 49 to two miles north of SH 49, repairing and resurfacing highway. Southbound outside lane closed for repairs.
  • CR 3306 – At Mill Creek, replacing bridge. Bridge closed to thru traffic.

MORRIS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • SH 49 – From Titus County line to FM 144, repairing and resurfacing highway

NATCHITOCHES PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • On Wednesday, June 8, Trudeau Street will be closed at the railroad crossing beginning at 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. This street closure is due to Union Pacific Railroad performing track maintenance. Drivers should adhere to detour signs during this time. When traveling near the work zone, motorists are advised to exercise caution and to observe all warning signs and flagger instructions.
  • Northwestern State University is in the beginning stages of an overlay project of Sam Sibley Drive. Regional Construction has begun mobilization and placed barricades in front of the Dr. Randall J. Webb Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center and Caspari Hall. The campus community can expect workers and construction equipment from the corner of Sam Sibley Drive and Caspari down the hill to the intersection with S Jefferson at Chaplin’s Lake. The first stage of the project will include the removal of existing concrete in front of the WRAC and Caspari Hall, which will be redesigned with drainage considerations that will dictate the rest of the project. Access to the Caspari Hall parking lot and the front of Roy Hall will not be blocked. Individuals on campus should not relocate or remove barricades. The upgrades should be completed before the start of the fall semester.

Work will soon begin for Natchitoches’ FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation project. This work will consist of the construction of new base course and asphalt surfacing on the following street segments in the City of Natchitoches:

  • Amulet Street [Payne Street to Hedges Street]
  • Breda Street [Bayou Jacko to Stella Street]
  • Mayfield Street [entire length from Simmons Alley to Old Robeline Road]
  • Peninsula Drive [section between previously-overlaid sections, east of Lakefront Drive]
  • Sadia Street [entire length from South Drive to Clarence Drive]
  • Simmons Alley [entire length from Sewanne Street to Mayfield Street]
  • St. Clair Avenue [Williams Avenue to East Fifth Street]

Appurtenant work will include drainage improvements that will help to extend the service life of the new pavements to be constructed. Following a 30-day period for the fabrication and delivery of the required drainage structures, the on-site construction work is expected to begin on Sadia Street around June 1. The project is expected to take around six months to complete. While construction is ongoing, local and thru traffic will be maintained on each street segment to the maximum extent possible, although there will be short periods when some street segments will be closed temporarily for certain phases of construction, at which time through traffic will detour around the work sites via adjacent city streets.

PANOLA COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • US 59 (Loop) – From Business 59 North of Carthage to US 79 East, rehabilitating highway. Traffic shifted to outside lanes on US 59 and BU 59. Loop EB exit ramp closed, WB entrance ramp open.
  • CR 224 – At Irons Bayou, replacing bridge. Bridge closed to thru traffic.
  • US 59 – From Harrison County line to Loop 149, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures.

RED RIVER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Saturday, Jan. 29, LA 507 just east of its junction with LA 514 near the Village of Womack will be closed. This closure is necessary to allow the contractor to perform a cross drain replacement. This work is part of an ongoing construction project to provide a mill and asphalt overlay on a section of LA 514 and LA 507 east of US 371. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Restrictions/Permits: Total road closure at the specified location. All vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

TITUS COUNTY - TEXAS

  • Four bridges on Highway 271 will be replaced early in 2022, including those over Dickson Creek, Big Slough Creek, White Oak Creek, and White Oak Creek Relief. The new bridges will include two lanes in each direction, with a median and shoulders. The impact to traffic during construction should be minimal. Work on the project should begin in February of 2022 and take about three years to complete.

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 18

  • SH 49 – From FM 1735 to Morris County line, repairing and resurfacing highway
  • SH 49 – From Bus. 271 to Mount Pleasant city limits, repairing and resurfacing highway
  • US 271 – At Dickson Creek, Big Slough Creek, White Oak Creek, and White Oak Creek Relief. Replacing bridges.

WEBSTER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Friday, June 18, 2021, the LA 160 bridge over Dorcheat Bayou near Cotton Valley will be closed. This closure is necessary due to the condition of the bridge, and will remain in place until a construction project can be developed to replace the bridge. This bridge is located approximately 4.8 miles east of US 371. DOTD reminds motorists that it is unlawful and extremely unsafe to drive around “road closed” barricades at any time for any reason. Alternate Route: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour using US 371, LA 2, and LA 159. This work will be performed weather permitting.

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