Looking at traffic & collisions on stretches of road and intersections
According to Bossier City’s 2016 Average Daily Traffic (ADT) counts, Airline Drive is the busiest, and most dangerous, street in the city.
Going by intersections, Airline is part of 8 out of the top 10 busiest intersections. And north Bossier City is the busiest area of the city, with 8 of the top 10 highest traffic spots all taking place north of Interstate-20.
The top 10 busiest intersections according to ADT are:
- East Texas Street and Airline Drive – 51,849
- Airline Dr. at Beene Boulevard – 45,863
- Interstate-220 at Airline Dr. – 45,719
- Barksdale Boulevard at Westgate Drive – 44,893
- Airline Dr. at Pierre Bossier Mall – 42,604
- Airline Dr. at Viking Drive – 42,353
- Airline Dr. at Shed Road – 41,120
- Airline Drive at Melrose Avenue – 41,046
- I-220 at Airline Dr. – 41,001
- E. Texas St. at Benton Road – 40,639
E. Texas St. and Airline Dr. has the highest average daily traffic with 51,849 and also the highest number of accidents with 43. Only slightly above 20 percent of those accidents caused an injury.
However, Airline Dr. at George Dement Boulevard has the highest rate of accidents of all city streets with 5.42. Barksdale Blvd. at Westgate Dr. had the highest injury rate in the top 10 busiest intersections with only 2.38.
Old Minden Road at Northgate Road/Baily Street at 61.5 percent has the highest injury rate in the city, when counting intersections with at least 10 accidents. While Airline Dr. at Melrose Ave. had the highest injury rate of the top 10 busiest spots at 53.8 percent.
The least accident-prone intersection in the top 10 was Airline Dr. at Pierre Bossier Mall, with only 5 accidents reported. The lowest number of accidents in the city was Old Minden Rd. at Waller Avenue with 0.
“Reducing traffic congestion has long been a priority for the city of Bossier City and that’s evident in the multiple road projects the city has invested in over the years,” said Mark Natale, Bossier City Public Information Officer. “That commitment remains ongoing with the work that is currently underway with the parkway northern extension project that will enable motorists to travel from one end of Bossier City to another without encountering a railroad crossing.”
One of the largest projects Natale mentioned began years ago with the creation of a new north-south corridor in the form of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway. Officals are working to create a new northern extension to link where the parkway currently terminates with a four to five lane north/south road just south of Douglas Drive on Benton Road.
Starting at the southern end, the corridor would take off from the Traffic Street and Highway 80 intersection, where improvements have already been made, and proceed northeast along the general Highway 80 alignment. The extension will continue to the old police training facility then proceed north on Old Benton Road.
The new highway would be located between the Union Pacific railroad and the levee. The roadway will cross over the Union Pacific railway with a bridge and touch down just a few hundred feet south of Douglas Drive.
“Once this project is finished we will have an overpass over Kansas City Southern, which runs through the city in an east/west direction, and we’ll have an overpass over the Union Pacific rail, which runs through the city in a north/south direction,” Bossier City Engineer Mark Hudson previously told the Bossier Press-Tribune.
The other new major road project is a new street off Swan Lake Road and I-220 that will provide traffic relief, more access to a popular shopping center, and room for new development via the extension of Innovation Drive.
That road will become an access road to I-220, tie into Airline Drive by running behind the Stirling Shopping Center, and provide new frontage for other businesses and amenities.
The city will extend Innovation Drive, currently located in front of the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL), and curve it west. This will put it south of BPSTIL facing I-220. The road will then tie in at where Greenacres Boulevard currently dead ends, providing access to Airline Drive.
“The idea is residents will be able to drive from Swan Lake road to Airline Drive by using Greenacres Boulevard. We like it because it’s signalized,” Hudson told the BPT earlier this year.
This extension will also provide a new ingress and egress into the highly popular Stirling Shopping Center on Airline Drive. The city plans to do this by extending the current dead end of Miciotto Lane to the new extension.