Section of ART Parkway to remain closed this weekend

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Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | A look at the Bossier Sheriff's Office Substation on the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Red River was right at 34 feet. A portion of the roadway is now closed.

Bossier City Police has announced that a portion of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway will remain closed through the weekend as the Bossier City Fire Department continues to pump water back into the river.

Both lanes of the road are closed from the Shreveport Barksdale Bridge south to Reeves Marine Drive. Bossier Police closed the road Thursday night after water from the Red River continued to rise, causing the east side of the parkway to flood. bossier city police

The Bossier City Fire Department has plugged the culverts on east side of the parkway and are pumping water back to the Red River as a preventative measure to protect the South Bossier Water Treatment Facility. If the facility is compromised, it could cause sewer issues for residents in South Bossier.

Officials originally estimated it would take 8 to 12 hours to pump the water. However, they now estimate it will take the entire weekend.

Bossier City Police will notify the public as soon as the parkway reopens. Until then, they encourage motorists to avoid the area to allow crews to work.