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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: 15 hours ago

(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, 2021 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 following ramp/lane closures have been scheduled as follows for the ongoing construction of the new I-20/I-220/BAFB Interchange Access Project. Intermittent lane closures and/or rolling road blocks will occur as necessary on both I-20 and I-220 eastbound and westbound as construction continues on the project. These will take place for approximately the next three months. Additionally, please see the following lane/ramp closures:

  • Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 17 at 5 a.m.: I-220 E inside lane from US 80 to I-20 will be closed. The US 80 on-ramp to I-220 E will also be closed during this same time period.
  • Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 17 at 6 a.m.: I-20 W outside lane will be closed.

Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Permits/Restrictions: Total ramp closures at the specified dates/times. All vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

  • DOTD announces a project to improve a section of US 71 (Barksdale Boulevard) in Bossier City. The $1.9 million project involves the patch, mill, and asphalt overlay of the busy US 71 corridor from I-20 to the main gate of Barksdale Air Force Base (Westgate Drive). Patching prior to the mill and overlay addresses particular sections of roadway that may be experiencing more damage than other areas. This process helps extend the service life of the road following repairs. Work is expected to start in late November of 2021, with intermittent lane closures in place. Lane closures during weekdays are restricted to nighttime to help reduce the inconvenience to the traveling public. Some daytime weekend lane closures will also be necessary. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in spring of 2022, with progress dependent on weather conditions. Motorists should be aware that this construction work is underway, and be on the lookout for crews and equipment. Please adhere to the reduced speed limit in the work zone, and refrain from driving distracted or while intoxicated.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2021 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, 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

  • Due to a slight chance of winter weather conditions the weekend of Jan. 15, TxDOT crews plan to pretreat bridges and overpasses on Friday, Jan. 14 as a precautionary measure. Crews will be on standby over the weekend to treat other roads as warranted. Motorists are asked to be mindful of TxDOT vehicles that will be spreading brine on roads. Brine is a solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces. The process is a fast-moving mobile operation with minimal impacts to traffic. Drivers should allow a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and the mobile convoys. TxDOT works closely with the National Weather Service to have the best available information when preparing for possible winter weather.
  • 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 JAN. 22

  • 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 following ramp closures are scheduled in Shreveport for the purpose of crash attenuator repair:

  • Monday, Jan. 17 beginning at 8 p.m.: LA 1 northbound ramp to I-20 W. Upon completion of this work, the westbound ramp will be reopened and the I-20 E ramp from LA 1 northbound will be closed.
  • Thursday, Jan. 20 beginning at 8 p.m.: I-20 W at Exit 19A (Spring/Market Street)

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. Permits/Restrictions: Total ramp closures at the specified locations. All vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

  • Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 19, LA 511 (W 70th Street) just east of Kennedy Drive in Shreveport will be closed. This closure is scheduled to take place for 15 days, and is necessary to allow the contractor to install a box culvert as part of an ongoing project to improve safety on LA 511. This project includes the construction of left turn lanes on LA 511 at Kennedy Drive and Walker Road, as well as drainage improvements. Alternate Route: Detour signage will be in place. Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure at the specified location. All vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.
  • The project to replace the Caddo Lake Bridge on LA 1 in north Caddo Parish will be expedited by approximately one year and include a significant cost savings through the closure of the existing structure. The $18.2 million replacement project is currently in the utility relocation phase, which began Oct. 1 and includes 300 days for SWEPCO to move their utilities that are located in the project limits. The existing bridge, built in 1940, has recently had the load posting lowered to 5 tons after inspection and structural review. Due to the condition of the structure, the closure is not only a cost and time savings to the project, the decision to close the bridge encompasses safety concerns for the traveling public. The closure is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. Advanced warning signage will be in place to alert motorists ahead of the scheduled closure date. This will allow the timeline for the replacement project to be reduced by about one year through the elimination of several traffic phasing sequences and required mobilization. Additionally, the closure of the bridge will result in a substantial savings in the overall cost of the project. The new timeline will move up the anticipated completion of the bridge replacement to summer of 2023, depending on weather conditions. The primary detour routes will be LA 538 and LA 169 through the Town of Mooringsport.
  • 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, 2021, 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.

CASS COUNTY - TEXAS

  • Due to a slight chance of winter weather conditions the weekend of Jan. 15, TxDOT crews plan to pretreat bridges and overpasses on Friday, Jan. 14 as a precautionary measure. Crews will be on standby over the weekend to treat other roads as warranted. Motorists are asked to be mindful of TxDOT vehicles that will be spreading brine on roads. Brine is a solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces. The process is a fast-moving mobile operation with minimal impacts to traffic. Drivers should allow a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and the mobile convoys. TxDOT works closely with the National Weather Service to have the best available information when preparing for possible winter weather.

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JAN. 22

  • 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.

CLAIBORNE PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 24, the LA 533 bridges over Gee Creek and Gee Creek Relief near Sugar Creek will be closed. This closure is scheduled to last approximately two weeks, and is necessary to allow DOTD crews to perform repairs to both structures. These bridges are located approximately 0.7 miles south of LA 146. Alternate Route: LA 146, LA 518, and LA 519. Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure at the specified location. All vehicles will need to detour. This work will be performed weather permitting.

HARRISON COUNTY - TEXAS

  • 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 JAN. 22

  • I-20 – At US 59 overpass, replacing bridge. US 59 traffic over bridge limited to one lane in each direction
  • 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.

MARION COUNTY - TEXAS

  • Due to a slight chance of winter weather conditions the weekend of Jan. 15, TxDOT crews plan to pretreat bridges and overpasses on Friday, Jan. 14 as a precautionary measure. Crews will be on standby over the weekend to treat other roads as warranted. Motorists are asked to be mindful of TxDOT vehicles that will be spreading brine on roads. Brine is a solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces. The process is a fast-moving mobile operation with minimal impacts to traffic. Drivers should allow a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and the mobile convoys. TxDOT works closely with the National Weather Service to have the best available information when preparing for possible winter weather.

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JAN. 22

  • 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.

NATHCITOCHES PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 construction will begin on LA 493. This work will begin at the intersection of LA 493 and Montrose Road and proceed northeast for 3.015 miles to the intersection of LA 493 and LA 1 in Montrose. The intent of this project is to replace existing drainage structures, apply in-place cement in the base and subgrade layers, apply lime treatment to the subgrade, and then place 3.5 inches of superpave asphaltic concrete, followed by permanent striping on the roadway and other related work. The contractor will be required to maintain thru traffic at all times, but periodic lane closures and delays can be expected. The public is advised to remain alert to construction signs and changing roadway conditions. The project was awarded to the low bidder, Madden Contracting Co., llc, in the a.m.ount of $2,197,292.70. The work associated with this project should take approximately 55 working days to complete.

PANOLA COUNTY - TEXAS

WORK ONGOING THROUGH JAN. 22

  • 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.
  • US 79 – From SH 149 to Rusk County line, rehabilitating highway. Possible lane closures.
  • SH 149 – From US 79 to 0.8 miles south of SH 315. Various lane closures on Loop 149 during final phase.

RED RIVER PARISH - LOUISIANA

  • Beginning Monday, Jan. 10, LA 507 just east of its junction with LA 514 near the Village of Womack will be closed. This closure is scheduled to take place until Monday, Jan. 24, and 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

  • Due to a slight chance of winter weather conditions the weekend of Jan. 15, TxDOT crews plan to pretreat bridges and overpasses on Friday, Jan. 14 as a precautionary measure. Crews will be on standby over the weekend to treat other roads as warranted. Motorists are asked to be mindful of TxDOT vehicles that will be spreading brine on roads. Brine is a solution consisting of salt and water designed to prevent ice and snow from sticking to surfaces. The process is a fast-moving mobile operation with minimal impacts to traffic. Drivers should allow a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and the mobile convoys. TxDOT works closely with the National Weather Service to have the best available information when preparing for possible winter weather.
  • 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 JAN. 22

  • 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
  • CR 4550 – At Hart’s Creek, replacing bridge. CR 4550 closed to thru-traffic.
  • 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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