Shreveport council approves $5.35M to improve 25 streets

Published: Apr. 25, 2017 at 9:55 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2017 at 8:49 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport City Council members approved a plan Tuesday to apply new asphalt to 25 streets throughout the city.

The $5.353 million for the project, which still requires the mayor's signature, will come from the city's street special fund as part of the asphalt repair program.

It marks the last of the 2011 bond money for this purpose.

According to an ordinance filed April 11, the streets listed are grouped by districts, with areas like downtown and the Highland neighborhood getting a lot of attention.

At just more than $700,000, the biggest sum of money will go to South Lakeshore Drive. That project will involve new asphalt and filling potholes and cracks.

Also among the 25 streets are Crockett Street, Flournoy Lucas Road and Fairfield and Southern avenues.

Robert Allen, owner of Affordable Automotive near Flournoy Lucas Road, said that he's seen the results of poor street conditions firsthand and that his customers need a break.

"Complaining about the potholes in Shreveport, it's hard to miss them. And they talk about when they go out of town like in Texas and Arkansas and Mississippi, they don't have these kind of road conditions," Allen said.

"So it's time. It's time for Shreveport to step up and fix these roads."

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