Friday, June 21, 2024

Bossier Chamber of Commerce: Driving Forward

by Lisa Johnson

Updates on Bossier City’s Transportation Initiatives

Bossier City, let’s talk about our roads! We all know transportation is a critical part of our community – it gets us where we need to go, but sometimes it causes distractions and delays. Still it’s a necessary evil, right? Thankfully, we’ve got some exciting updates on transportation in our area. 

First, let’s talk about the North-South/Swan Lake Road corridor. This is a vital roadway in Bossier, that has faced its share of setbacks. Winter months brought forth challenges, stalling some of the work. However, despite the unpredictable weather, significant milestones have been achieved! The completion of the earthwork embankment is a big win, laying the groundwork for subsequent phases. With plans to mobilize for the installation of the base course and asphalt pavement, the corridor inches closer to its anticipated completion date in the fall of 2024. And let’s not forget about that new bridge over Cypress Black Bayou! Talk about an upgrade! 

Meanwhile, the East-West Corridor in Bossier, a team effort between local authorities and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), is in the throes of the design phase. Neel-Shaffer Engineering Solution is the expert in this project but progress is stalled until DOTD finalizes the design contract. 

Let’s not forget the I-20 project, folks! It’s currently in its second phase of construction. Demolition crews are hard at work tearing up old lanes while others tackle drainage improvements. The groundwork they’re laying now is setting the stage for some smooth sailing down the road, quite literally! Although the project began in November 2023, its timeline depends on the weather.

Finally, we’ve got the Walter O’Bigby Carriageway Phase II project. It’s making significant strides, with completion estimated for mid to late summer 2024. The prime contractor, JB James Construction, is set to begin work on the Benton Road tie-in and bridge in mid-March. Progress includes the erection of all girders supporting the bridge, with current focus on pouring concrete for spans 1-11. Furthermore, brick paving inside the roundabouts at Hamilton Road and Shed Road is scheduled to start in March. The tie-ins to Yarbrough Street and Joannes Street are already complete and open to traffic.

Sure, all this construction might be a bit of a headache right now but trust us – IT’S ALL WORTH IT! We’re making strides toward smoother rides and better connections across our city. So hang tight Bossier – the end goal of a better, more navigable city is within reach! 

Lisa Johnson | President/CEO, Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

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