$30 million interstate overlay project moves forward

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A much smoother ride is on the horizon for drivers along I-20 in Bossier.

The future I-20 overlay project will now see the existing lanes be completely removed and rebuilt. 

The project was initially supposed to run from Benton Road to Airline Drive. But it will now stretch from just west of Benton Road to Industrial Drive for a full reconstruction.

“It is estimated to cost about $30 million, though that amount will ultimately depend on the final design of the project,” said Erin Buchanan, spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Also included in the project are additional repairs to the interstate in other areas from Pines Road in Shreveport to the I-20/I-220 interchange in Bossier City out by Louisiana Downs. 

“Lane closures will obviously be necessary during the project for work to be able to be completed. The details of those closures will be determined once the project goes to bid and the contract is awarded,” she added. 

The project is currently scheduled to go out to bid in March 2021.