Residents along Swan Lake Road received good news this week when it was revealed the parish has worked to solve future headaches from one-lane traffic caused by construction on the road.
The parish engineer’s office worked with government officials to provide two lanes of temporary traffic during construction.
The project, which is being built in five phases, would have resulted in a one lane phase next summer.
Parish Engineer Butch Ford previously told the Press-Tribune that the project will result in a closure of Swan Lake Road beginning in June through August of next year to remove and widen the bridge over Flat River, but the contractor would have to maintain traffic for the local homeowners.
It was originally designed to be a two-mile stretch of one-lane traffic with a pilot car guiding drivers, flaggers, and sheriff’s deputies stationed overnight.
The parish worked with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Federal Highway Administration to have an extra lane added south from the entrance of Tiburon subdivision.
“Now, next year when the contractor starts phase three, we will still have a one-lane operation north, where there is less traffic but there will be two temporary lanes south of Tiburon to I-220 where there is more traffic,” said Ford.
The total cost of this additional temporary lane is $148,000. However, Bossier Parish is only responsible for 20 percent of that, which equals just short of $30,000.
“Well worth the money,” Ford said. “That is a win-win. Money saved in traffic control will be of public benefit.”
Contractors for the parish are currently making progress on the new road that will extend from I-220 north to Crouch Road in Benton. The $13.9 million project is to create a new north-south corridor to help relieve traffic on Airline Drive and Benton Road.
The project is federally funded, with the parish only paying 20 percent of the cost.