Walter O. Bigby Carriageway expected to be completed by spring 2024
Project includes 3 roundabouts and a new overpass
BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) — We’re Getting Answers for you about a major road construction project that’s supposed to help improve traffic flow into northern Bossier City.
Ground was broken in 2019 for the Walter O. Bigby Carriageway. It will be a shortcut of sorts between the Louisiana Boardwalk area on the riverfront and Benton Road, a couple of miles south of Interstate 220.
The goal of the $60 million project is to improve north-south traffic flow so drivers aren’t impeded by railroad activity.
It involves building an overpass over train tracks near Shed Road. As it stands, train traffic often brings vehicles to a halt in that part of the city.
“If you travel in Bossier City, live in Bossier City, you know across most of our main through-fares are railroad tracks. And so that can really impede traffic at certain times of the day,” city spokeswoman Erin Buchanan said. “And so this project kind of helps eliminate that too with the construction of this railroad overpass that’s a part of it.”
The project extends from US 80, which is Texas Street, and roughly follows the path of what was Old Benton Road with an overpass near Citizens Bank Drive.
City officials say this is a huge investment in infrastructure and getting people to where they need to be.
“We’re continuing to move traffic, continuing to improve traffic flow north and south,” Buchanan said. “And so a part of this particular project does include roundabouts, which one is already constructed. There are a couple more included in the project that are under construction now.”
Phase I of the project is already finished. It included the roundabout on US 80 at Old Benton Road.
Phase II involves the construction of two more roundabouts. One will be at Hamilton Road and Water Plant Road. The other will be at the intersection of Shed Road and the new 4-lane roadway extension. Pavement work will continue along Hamilton Road and adjacent to Benton Road, ultimately tying into Benton Road just north of Riverwood Drive.
The project is expected to be completed by spring 2024.
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