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Bossier Parish Police Jury hears about progress being made on parish road construction

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Work on the second phase of a north/south roadway that will eventually connect I-220 to Crouch Rd. could begin as early as this summer according to information presented to the Bossier Parish Police Jury’s road/subdivision committee Wednesday.

Bossier Parish Engineer Eric Hudson said proposals from potential lenders to finance the construction beginning at the Swan Lake Rd. bridge over Flat River are currently under review. A decision on the lender will mean the parish could be ready to ask for police jury approval to let bids on the $20 million project in April.

“We’re looking at proposals from lenders to determine the best terms on borrowing the money and hopefully we’ll be ready to come to you next month to go out for bids,” Hudson said.

Once bids are accepted and awarded, the winning contractor could begin work on the roadway in June, Hudson said. Construction of the northern extension is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete.

In other business Wednesday, police jury members:

  • Adopted a resolution to support the development of passenger rail service from Fort Worth, TX, through the Parish of Bossier to Atlanta, GA, along the I-20 corridor and related issues.
  • Ratified approval of a Consultant Mental Health Clinician Services agreement by and between Morgan Matthews and the Bossier Parish Police Jury for mental health counseling services at the Bossier Parish Maximum Facility.
  • Approved reports on meeting of the Policy and Procedures Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Road/Subdivision Regulations Committee.
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