A portion of battered I-20 is getting a makeover, but unfortunately it’s not the worst patch that so many Bossier Parish motorists complain about.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a project will begin Tuesday to improve I-20 in Bossier Parish from the Highway 80 overpass just east of Haughton and eastward into Arcadia and Bienville Parishes.
For Bossier Parish motorists, the most hazardous part of I-20 seems to be just west of this construction, to and across the Red River bridge in downtown Bossier City and neighboring Shreveport.
That stretch is not a part of this project.
“We have a project in active development to reconstruct the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-20 from Hamilton Road to Industrial Drive, “Erin Buchanan, public information officer with the DOTD tells BossierNow. “At this time, it is scheduled to go to bid in March 2021. Included in that project are additional repairs to the I-20 corridor stretching from Pines Rd. in Shreveport to the I-220 interchange in Bossier.”
Buchanan says the federally-required Traffic Management Plan for that project is being developed to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration. That plan must be highly detailed and include anticipated traffic impacts not only for the interstate, but also for the interchanges, ramps, and ancillary roadways.
In the meantime, the currently-scheduled three-parish $14.4 million project will mill and overlay the interstate, with joint sealing in the concrete sections, along with patching to address damaged areas of the roadway.
The asphalt overlay will be applied to the other sections along the nearly 16 mile stretch of I-20 to “significantly improve the traveling experience,” the DOTD says.
Work will begin with a nightly lane closure on Tuesday, Nov. 5 on the right eastbound lane near mile marker 34 between Haughton and Goodwill Road.
The single lane closure is scheduled to take place from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and is necessary to allow the contractor to begin replacement work on an underdrain structure. The nightly lane closure will be in effect for approximately 30 days.
The DOTD says the asphalt overlay portion of the project can only be completed when temperatures remain above a certain mark, so that work will begin in Spring 2020.
The entire project is anticipated to be complete in late 2020, weather permitting.