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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: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:16 AM CDT
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(KSLA) — Here are ongoing road closures and lane shifts in the ArkLaTex.

BIENVILLE PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Thursday, July 8, I-20 W at the Bear Creek overpass just east of the US 80 interchange (Ada Taylor Exit 55) will experience lane closures. These lane closures are anticipated to last until Monday, July 26, weather permitting, and are associated with a project to repair the overpass that was damaged when it was struck by a large truck, which caught fire. The contractor will be performing repairs to the bridge piles and bents, the concrete travel lanes of I-20, as well as the asphalt shoulder. Work will take place primarily at nighttime, though motorists should expect to encounter the lane closures round-the-clock. Shoulder closures may also be in place at times during the project. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in late summer of 2021, weather permitting. Alternate Route: These lane closures will allow vehicles 11 feet wide or smaller to pass through the construction zone. All larger vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • 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

  • Work is progressing on the Linton Road bridge replacement project over Black Bayou Reservoir. On Thursday, May 27, the contractor will begin removing components of the old structure, and people are asked to avoid boating or walking near the project site over the next several months as this work continues. This request is to help ensure the safety of the community while work moves forward on the process of removing the existing bridge. To read more about the project, click here. Alternate Route: Road is already closed. Detour signage is in place. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • Daily and nightly intermittent lane and/or shoulder closures on I-20 eastbound and westbound at the I-220 interchange are still in place and will continue, as of Wednesday, June 23. These lane/shoulder closures are associated with the I-20/I-220 Barksdale Air Force Base Interchange project that is currently under construction. The intermittent lane/shoulder closures on I-20 are expected to last approximately 45 days as the project moves forward. Other intermittent ramp closures at the interchange may be necessary as work progresses. The entire project, which is extending southward from the existing interchange creating a new road into BAFB, is anticipated to be complete in late 2021, weather permitting. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place when necessary.
  • Shed Road between Benton Road and Hamilton Road will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 7 for utility work. Crews will begin installation of a 42″ water main as part of an extension of the water distribution system. Weather permitting, the work will be completed over the next several weeks with an estimated reopening date of mid to late August.

BOWIE COUNTY - TEXAS

  • 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.
  • Work crews will be closing Highway 98 between FM 1840 and US 67 southwest of New Boston periodically during the day on Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29. Crews will be unloading preconstructed concrete beams at the bridge construction site at Anderson Creek. The closures are expected to take 15 to 30 minutes at a time and are expected to be conducted periodically from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until work is completed. Motorists that use SH 98 should plan for delays during the day Monday. Alternate travel routes should be used if possible. Also, the work schedule and closures can change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen problems.
  • 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. 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 JULY 31

  • I-30 – From FM 989 to Arkansas State line, widening highway. Reconstructing and widening highway. Eastbound traffic moved to the outside lanes.
  • 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.

CADDO PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • The Louisiana DOTD provides an update on the project to replace a bridge on LA 530 over Black Bayou near Oil City. The $3.5 million project began with clearing and grubbing in summer of 2020. So far, the contractor has completed the removal of the old structure, which was built in 1928, and had reached the end of its useful service life. Utility relocation is also complete, although that process was heavily dependent on weather conditions which included multiple hurricanes in 2020, and required an extended period of time to accomplish. In addition to replacing the existing bridge, the new bridge and the approaches will be raised to match the elevation of the levee. The purpose of raising these is to address sharp differences in elevation, which will provide an improved driving experience by reducing the number of vertical curves. This work has begun with the removal of the roadway approach tie-ins. This will be followed by stabilization of the roadway base, replacement of a large drainage pipe, and embankment work. The contractor has also finished building and analyzing a test shaft in order to determine the depth to which the drilled shafts will be installed for the new bridge structure. However, a rainy spring has caused water levels in Black Bayou to remain high. Once the water in the bayou has receded to acceptable levels, the contractor will proceed with drilling shafts for the new bridge columns. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in early 2022, weather permitting. The bridge is located approximately 2.71 miles east of LA 538. The detour continues to be I-49, LA 170, and LA 1.
  • The Louisiana DOTD announces a $1 million project to replace the pavement markings on a section of I-49 north. The project is expected to begin in mid-June 2021 and extends from LA 530 near Belcher to the Arkansas state line. Work includes the removal and replacement of all the reflectorized raised pavement markings, pavement striping, and other related work on the mainline of the interstate (over 18 miles of roadway), as well as all of the on and off-ramps. Motorists should be aware that crews will be conducting rolling lane closures, which are slow moving operations. Some full intermittent ramp closures may also be required during portions of the project. Pavement markings are used to convey messages to roadway users. They indicate which part of the road to use, provide information about conditions ahead, and indicate where passing is allowed. Pavement markings provide continuous information to motorists related to roadway alignment, vehicle positioning, and other important driving-related tasks. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in late summer of 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions.
  • Beginning Tuesday, June 8, there will be intermittent nightly lane closures on the US 80 (Texas Avenue) overpass over I-20 just west of Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. These nightly lane closures are scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, and are necessary to allow a contractor to install fiber cables on the bridge as part of a permit. These intermittent nightly lane closures will take place until this fiber installation is complete. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Tuesday, July 20, the I-20 W on-ramp from LA 1 (N Spring Street) northbound in Shreveport will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. This ramp closure is necessary to allow for repair to the crash attenuator at this location. Following this repair, the I-20 E on-ramp from LA 1 (N Spring Street) northbound will be closed for the same purpose. Neither ramp will be closed at the same time, and all repairs are anticipated to be complete by 3 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21. A crash attenuator, also known as an impact attenuator, is a device intended to reduce the damage to structures, vehicles, and lessen injuries to motorists resulting from a collision. These devices are designed to absorb the colliding vehicle’s energy. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. This work will be performed weather permitting.

CASS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges

HARRISON COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • I-20 – At Lansing Switch Road underpass, demolishing bridge over interstate in preparation of replacement
  • US 59 – From one mile south of FM 1997 to FM 1793, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures.
  • SH 43 – At Kansas City Southern Railroad in Karnack, widening bridge over railroad. All traffic restricted to one lane with signal lights controlling traffic through work zone.
  • FM 1186 – From US 59 to Panola County line, installing safety end treatments on culverts

MARION COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • US 59 – From SH 49 to two miles north of SH 49, resurfacing highway

MORRIS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

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

NATCHITOCHES PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Work will begin July 6 for the construction of a new pervious concrete pavement on Texas Street at its intersection with Second Street. This new pavement is designed to more effectively capture runoff than conventional pavement, and should help alleviate the ongoing maintenance issues at this location. The scope of work involves removal of the existing pavement, installation of a new crushed stone base and subsurface drainage system, and placement of the new pervious concrete pavement. Once work on the project begins, the section of Texas Street between Washington Street and Third Street will be closed to through traffic. Motorists will need to detour around this site via the network of nearby city streets. The closure is expected to last approximately one month.
  • Beginning Tuesday, July 27, there will be lane closures on LA 6 Business (University Parkway) in the City of Natchitoches. These lane closures are scheduled to begin at approximately 7 a.m. on July 27 and reopen at approximately 5 p.m. on July 28. These lane closures are necessary to allow for utility work, and will require a detour for thru traffic. Detour information is as follows (this work will be performed weather permitting):
    • Westbound lane between Behan Street & MLK Drive - Detour north onto Caspari Street and proceed west onto Bossier Street and proceed south onto MLK Drive and back to LA 6 Business (University Parkway)
    • Westbound lane between 2nd Street & Boyd Street - Detour north onto 2nd Street and proceed west onto Bossier Street and proceed south onto Boyd Street and back to LA 6 Business (University Parkway)
    • Detour for large trucks for these lane closures with detours - Large trucks heading northbound on LA 1 must take the LA 1 Bypass to LA 6 Business intersection. Large trucks heading southbound on Jefferson Street must take LA 1223 (Mills Street) to LA 1 then proceed to LA 1 Bypass to intersection of LA 1 and LA 6.
  • On Thursday, July 22 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the LA 6 bridge over the Red River (Grand Ecore Bridge) will be reduced to one lane for emergency guardrail repairs. This bridge is located 2.3 miles north of the LA 6/LA 3175 intersection in Natchitoches Parish. Permit/Detour: No detour will be needed as one lane will be open at all times.

PANOLA COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • US 79 – From SH 149 to Rusk County line, repairing and resurfacing highway
  • US 59 (NE Loop) – From US 59 North to US 79 East, repairing and resurfacing highway. On and off ramps at US 59 and NE Loop closed, traffic detoured accordingly.
  • SH 315 – From West Loop in Carthage to Rusk County line, installing safety end treatments on culverts

RED RIVER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Effective immediately, US 84 (East Carroll Street) between US 371 and LA 480 in Coushatta is closed. This closure is necessary to allow the Town of Coushatta to repair a sewer line that has failed. DOTD will issue an update when the town has completed its work, and the roadway has been reopened. Alternate Route: LA 480, US 71, and US 371. Restrictions/Permits: Total road closure at this location. All vehicles must use an alternate route. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • Effective immediately, the LA 515 bridge over Coushatta Bayou near Crichton will be closed for necessary bridge repair. This closure will remain in place until repairs are complete. DOTD will issue notification when the bridge has been reopened. This bridge is located approximately 1.1 miles north of US 71. Alternate Route: Total road closure. All vehicles will need to detour using US 71 to LA 514 to LA 515. This work will be performed weather permitting.

TITUS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31

  • 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

WEBSTER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Friday, June 18, 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.
  • Beginning Monday, July 12, the I-20 E on and off-ramps at the LA 532 interchange near Minden will be closed. The old LA 532 overpass will also be permanently closed. These closures are associated with the ongoing project to construct the new LA 532 overpass, and are necessary to allow the contractor to continue tying the roadway into the new bridge. The ramp closures are anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. The westbound on and off-ramps at LA 532 will remain open at this time. Alternate Route: I-20 eastbound can be accessed at the nearby LA 531 interchange. Motorists may travel southbound on LA 532 from Stuckey Road. This work will be performed weather permitting.

ARKANSAS TRAFFIC RESOURCES

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)

Arkansas DOT on Twitter

LOUISIANA TRAFFIC RESOURCES

TEXAS TRAFFIC RESOURCES

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

TxDOT on Twitter

TxDOT Dallas on Twitter

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