Work is scheduled to begin Friday, March 25 on a project to increase volume for
turn lanes off LA Hwy. 3 (Benton Rd.) onto I-220, according to the Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development.
Motorists using the highway are advised that beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and
continuing through Monday, March 28 at 6 a.m., LA 3 northbound left turn lane to
westbound I-220 will be closed to allow patching in the southbound left lane at the
westbound entrance ramp to I-220.
Additionally, the LA Hwy. 3 southbound left lane will be closed from Hospital
Drive to I-220.
Officials said the entire project, which is managed by the Bossier Police Jury, is
anticipated to wrap up later this summer, weather permitting.
Jury members voted unanimously earlier this year to award the contract to Earnest
Contracting for the turn lane extensions, a project designed to help improve north
and south traffic flow through the area. Bossier Parish and the city of Bossier City
will split the $741,000 project cost.
Traffic studies have shown roughly 30 percent of the driving population of Bossier
Parish travels through the intersection, both north- and southbound, Monday
through Friday mornings and afternoons.
District 6 Police Jury member Chris Marsiglia said the project hopefully will be
finished before the state begins rehabilitation of I-20 through Bossier City.