Posted: Nov 19, 2021, 12:29 PM
Work is expected to begin in late November on a project to improve a section of U.S. Hwy. 71 (Barksdale Blvd.) in Bossier City and Parish, according to an announcement from the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD).
Included in the $1.9 million project is the patch, mill and asphalt overlay of the busy U.S. 71 corridor from I-20 to the main gate of Barksdale Air Force Base (Westgate Drive).
Patching prior to the mill and overlay addresses particular sections of roadway that may be experiencing more damage than other areas. This process helps extend the service life of the road following repairs.
Intermittent lane closures should be expected during construction. Lane closures during weekdays are restricted to nighttime to help reduce inconvenience to the traveling public. Some daytime lane closures on weekends will also be necessary.
Completion of the projected is expected in Spring 2022, with progress depending on weather conditions.
Motorists should be aware that this construction work is underway, and be on the lookout for crews and equipment. Please adhere to the reduced speed limit in the work zone, and refrain from driving distracted or while intoxicated.