North Bossier traffic has gone from bad to worse

Projects' completion should ease traffic congestion a little
Published: Aug. 15, 2018 at 6:58 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 9:05 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - There are more growing pains in north Bossier.

Folks there have been no stranger to them in recent years.

That includes traffic congestion that's gone from bad to worse in recent days.

Video taken about 8 a.m. Monday shows bumper-to-bumper traffic backed up several miles on a portion of southbound Benton Road north of Interstate 220.

The scene is similar on Airline Drive running parallel to the east.

"It has been very hectic. I've had to find several different routes," Bossier City commuter Courtney Eaton explained.

Turn lane construction just east of Benton Road on Airline Drive at Brownlee Road is getting the blame for sending motorists west to Benton Road.

That was especially the case when Airline Drive was brought down to one lane for a week.

And those who live between Benton Road and Airline Drive describe being locked in lately.

Just ask commuters like Heidi Williams, of north Bossier City.

"It's awful. I stay in Lakewood. So if I don't leave before 7:40, and I work off of East Texas, I cannot make it."

This week, Airline Drive is back to two lanes.

Roadwork on nearby Swan Lake Road hasn't helped drivers, either.

Adding insult to injury, school just started up again, increasing traffic even more.

The challenging timing of some of the roadwork is not lost on drivers.

"It's like they waited 'til school started to start working right here," Williams said.

Add the steady population growth in that part of Bossier City and Bossier Parish, and you have a recipe for serious traffic congestion.

Drivers say it's easy to see frustration among commuters.

"There's been a lot of people just stressed out, I guess, trying to get into work in a hurry," Eaton said.

The silver lining, of sorts, is that congestion is expected to ease up at least some once the road projects wrap up.

But with the ongoing population boom in north Bossier, motorists still can expect delays twice a day as people rush to and from work and school.

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