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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

  • 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.
  • DOTD announces a $1.5 million project to replace the LA 507 bridge over Saline Bayou Relief just east of the Village of Bienville. The bridge, built in 1966, is scheduled to be closed beginning on Monday, Oct. 25 for construction to begin on the replacement. The bridge is located between the junctions of LA 9 and LA 508. The project is anticipated to be complete in spring of 2022, with progress dependent on weather conditions. Alternate Route: Detour route will be posted. Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

BOSSIER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • 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 Monday, Oct. 18, the LA 157 bridge over Bodcau Bayou Relief north of Bellevue will be closed. This closure is scheduled to last approximately three weeks, and is necessary to allow for DOTD crews to perform bridge pile repair and replacement. DOTD sincerely appreciates the public’s patience, as this work is needed in order to ensure the bridge remains in service for motorists. Alternate Route: LA 160, US 371, and LA 528 Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour. 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 Friday, Oct. 8. 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 30 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.
  • Beginning Friday, July 30, 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 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.
  • Contractors for the Bossier Parish Police Jury have begun replacing asphalt on the first of approximately 30 south Bossier roads that will be either repaired or completely reconstructed after the damage caused by historic floods in 2015 and 2016. Removing the existing surface began Tuesday, Aug. 10 on Lucky Lane, located off Sligo Road, and that begins a group of 12 scheduled for repair under the first package of projects, or Task Orders. Also in the first group of roads are Whispering Pines, Pine Cone, Cane Bend, Welch Road, Mayflower Road, and Rolling Meadow. Also, Sistrunk Lane, Rye Circle, Coastal Drive, Oaklawn Drive, and Timber Ridge Drive. Bids for the second Task Order of repairs are scheduled to be opened around the end of August. Eleven parish roads are included in Task Order 2.
  • 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. 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)
  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, Linton Road is closed to traffic from the intersection of Airline Drive as contractors for the Bossier Parish Police Jury prepare to begin replacing a bridge over Flat River. Work on the project is expected take six months. Included in the project is a road realignment to remove a hazardous curve at the approaches to the bridge. While construction is in progress, fire, EMS and school board vehicles may access address ranges 100­ through 309 Linton Road from Palmetto Road. Address ranges 310 through 949 Linton Road can be accessed from Old Palmetto Road. Also, any address on Jessie Jones Drive can be accessed from Old Palmetto Road.
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

  • 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. 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 OCT. 23

  • 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 LA 789 bridge over Spring Branch in south Caddo Parish is closed. This bridge is located approximately 3.3 miles south of the intersection with LA 169. This closure is necessary to allow for emergency maintenance work on the bridge deck. The closure will remain in place until further notice. Alternate Route: Detour route will be posted. Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 14, Walker Road at its intersection with LA 511 (W 70th Street) in Shreveport will be closed. This closure is related to the ongoing project to improve safety by installing left turn lanes on LA 511 near the Shreveport Regional Airport. The closure of Walker Road at LA 511 is anticipated to last approximately 30 days, with progress dependent on weather conditions. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Restrictions/Permits: Total road closure at the intersection. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Wednesday, Oct. 20, the ramp from LA 3132 eastbound to I-49 southbound in Shreveport will be closed. This ramp closure is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is necessary to allow crews to make striping improvements to the ramp. Alternate Route: LA 3132 eastbound to LA 523 (E Flournoy Lucas), then westbound back to I-49 southbound. Permits/Restrictions: Total ramp closure. All vehicles must detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DOTD announces a project to replace the 81-year-old LA 1 bridge over Caddo Lake near Mooringsport. The $18.2 million project involves clearing and grubbing, utility relocation, asphalt concrete pavement, construction of a new bridge, and removal of the old structure. Preliminary work will begin in late August of 2021 with clearing and grubbing (removal of trees and other growth) to allow for utility relocation. There are 300 days allotted in the contract for AEP SWEPCO to remove their utilities that are currently in the project limits. Construction on the new bridge project itself cannot begin until these electrical utilities have been relocated. Once utility relocation is complete, work will begin on the construction of the new structure, which will be built adjacent to the existing bridge on a slightly adjusted alignment. The old bridge will then be removed. To reduce the inconvenience to the traveling public, the existing LA 1 bridge will be kept open to at least one direction of travel for as much of the project as possible. However, there will be times during construction that will require a full closure of the bridge. Project updates and other notifications will be sent via MyDOTD as the project progresses. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in summer of 2024, with progress dependent on weather conditions. The current LA 1 bridge, built in 1940, services approximately 4,800 vehicles per day, and serves as an important connector between the Towns of Mooringsport and Oil City, as well as points north and south. The bridge is currently inspected every six months, and will continue on that schedule for the duration of the project to ensure the structure remains safe for travel. The existing bridge is load posted, so this important replacement project will ensure that all types of vehicles are able to cross the new structure for many more years.

CASS COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH OCT. 23

  • SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges
  • US 59 – From 1.5 miles south of SH 155 to Marion County line, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures.
  • US 67 – Widening bridge at Jennings Slough. Signal lights controlling one-way traffic.

DESOTO PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 23, there will be intermittent lane closures on I-49 northbound and southbound. These lane closures are associated with a $600,000 project to replace the pavement markings on a 36 mile stretch of I-49 from the DeSoto Parish line (approximately one mile south of the Southern Loop interchange) to the Natchitoches Parish line. This project includes the replacement of all the reflectorized pavement markings, pavement striping where appropriate, and other related work. Motorists should be aware that this work often includes rolling lane closures, which are slowing moving operations. Please pay attention to advanced warning signage and flashing lights, and proceed with caution through the construction zone. While most of this work will be performed at night, there will be some daytime lane closures throughout 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 early fall of 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions. This work will be performed weather permitting.

HARRISON COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH OCT. 23

  • I-20 – At Lansing Switch Road underpass, demolishing bridge over interstate in preparation of replacement
  • 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.

MARION COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH OCT. 23

  • US 59 – From SH 49 to two miles north of SH 49, repairing and resurfacing highway. Southbound outside lane closed for repairs.
  • US 59 – From Cass County line to 2 miles north of SH 49, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures.

PANOLA COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH OCT. 23

  • US 79 - From SH 149 to Rusk County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Lane closures, expect delays.
  • 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 149 – From US 79 to .8 miles south of SH 315. Road open, daily lane closures during final phase.

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 OCT. 23

  • 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.

ARKANSAS TRAFFIC RESOURCES

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)

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LOUISIANA TRAFFIC RESOURCES

TEXAS TRAFFIC RESOURCES

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

TxDOT on Twitter

TxDOT Dallas on Twitter

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