BOSSIER CITY – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reminds motorists that the project to remove and replace the Linton Road bridge over Black Bayou Reservoir in north Bossier Parish will begin on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with a complete closure of the bridge.
The $5 million project involves the removal and replacement of the existing structure, as well as the construction of a new retaining wall. Other work includes new drainage structures, asphalt base and pavement, and roadway striping.
Northbound traffic will be detoured on LA 3 (Benton Road) to LA 162 to Linton Cutoff Road and back to Linton Road. Southbound traffic will be detoured on Linton Road to Linton Cutoff Road to LA 162 to LA 3 southbound.
Due to the location of Benton Elementary School on LA 162, traffic patterns will be closely monitored at peak travel times once the closure goes into effect to determine any necessary timing adjustments to the traffic signal at the intersection of LA 162 and LA 3.
Other adjustments may be made as traffic volumes and patterns change during the project. While some delays and congestion are to be expected, especially during peak travel times, DOTD and BPPJ will take appropriate measures to alleviate that congestion as much as possible.
No boat traffic will be allowed near or through the construction zone. This is for the safety of both the boaters and the crews working on the project while the bridge replacement is underway.
The entire replacement project is anticipated to be complete in early Summer 2022, with progress dependent on weather conditions.
The bridge was built in 1978 and is owned and maintained by the Bossier Parish Police Jury (BPPJ).
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking near an active construction zone.
Visit www.511la.org or download the Louisiana 511 mobile app for additional information. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at wwwsp.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.