NORTH LOUISIANA (KSLA) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is warning drivers to use caution while traveling on Interstate 20 now that construction has begun to help improve the roadway.
Construction started Monday in both directions of the 13 mile stretch from the Texas state line to just east of Monkhouse Drive in Shreveport, Caddo Parish, according to DOTD officials.
As part of this work, there will be nightly lane closures within the project limits, scheduled to take place from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
On Wednesday morning a sign along the highway westbound at the Monkhouse Road exit read that lane closures would resume on Wednesday May 9.
Crews will begin the process by patching severely damaged areas of the road and then doing a mill and overlay.
"It wouldn't be 17.2 million dollars if it was just a patch job," said DOTD spokeswoman Erin Buchanan. "We want to assure taxpayer or anyone who uses this corridor, that this is a much-needed project and it's going to be one that has some much-needed results in the end."
While the progress of construction activities is dependent on weather conditions, this project is expected to be complete in Spring 2019.
There are also plans in place make improvements on I-20 in Bossier Parish, but Buchanan says it all depends on funding.
"That's probably one of the most frequent questions we get, when are we going to address I-20 in Bossier. We tell people to contact their legislatures. Those are the people tasked with making decisions regarding funding for DOTD."
There are plans in the works to address I-20 from I-220 to the US 80 Overpass that should go to bid this June.
Then in 2020, there is a project to work on I-20 from Benton to Airline drive.