Bossier to take feasibility study on massive Airline underpass project

Bossier to take feasibility study on massive Airline underpass project
Bossier leaders say the study will determine to cost of building an underpass to go under the train tracks

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier leaders recently voted to allocate $10,000 on a feasibility study for a massive project that has laid dormant for years. The study will determine whether or not to move forward building an underpass at a railroad crossing just south of I-20 on Airline Drive.

Leaders will have to vote for a second and final reading on May 15.

Bossier Engineer Mark Hudson says the study will let them know if the project is even worth the trouble, as it would be massive in scale and likely affect traffic and businesses nearby.

Paul Savage lives in Bossier and travels the route near I-20 and Airline several times a day. He says Airline can be a traffic nightmare because of the recent growth in the area, and even worse with trains blocking the road several times a day.

"I don't have morning rush hour anymore but I get stopped two or three times a day. As soon as I see a train, I just divert and head to Benton Road. They're stopped for 20 minutes here sometimes," said Savage.

Savage says he wants the project to happen, but hopes it won't affect businesses like it did when the Benton Road overpass was built.

He says he also hopes whoever wins the bid on the project will stay on schedule.

"It would definitely be worth it, absolutely. But you're looking at probably three years of construction though. And that's a lot of time to interfere with people getting to work and back."

Mark Hudson says the project is still a long way from coming to fruition, and would need DOTD approval as well since Airline is a state highway.

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