Traffic as you know it in the Haughton area is about to get as tricky as navigating I-20 in Bossier City!

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development broke the news yesterday that work would begin this coming Monday, November 13, at one of the busiest intersections in the area, and likely won't end until Spring 2024.

Some of the comments on social media questioned the timing of this project which coincides with the two-year I-20 reconstruction project which has already crippled the traffic flow in Bossier City.

They need to wait until they get the intestate done in Bossier City before they put any more driving obstacles up to get though going anywhere!!


Why is all this happening at the same time?

This $4.1 million project is said to be only the first phase of a number of improvements to the LA 3227 @ LA 157 intersection in Haughton.

Preliminary work will begin soon in the form of clearing and grubbing ahead of the utility relocation period, which is anticipated to last 5-6 weeks in order for SWEPCO to move utility poles that are located within the project limits.

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Additionally, asphalt patching work on LA 157 is anticipated to begin this coming week, so intermittent lane closures will necessary. Traffic will be allowed through the construction zone via flagging operations.

Motorists should be prepared for possible delays and slow-moving traffic while this work is underway.

This project includes widening the busy LA 157 corridor from two to five lanes from approximately Ragan Lane to LA 3227 near the Pilot truck stop. The additional lanes will be added to the east side of LA 157.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The purpose of this first phase is to set the stage for the relocation of LA 3227 to allow for much improved traffic flow through the area, which is home to a number of new developments and is located just off the interchange with I-20.

The second phase, which will include the construction of the new LA 3227 on a different alignment, will be done in a future project.

The entire project is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2024, with progress dependent on weather conditions and other factors that can impact construction timelines.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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.

Call 511, visit, or download the Louisiana 511 mobile app for additional information. Out-of-state travelers may call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website at, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.

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