If your travels normally take you down I-49 in the Shreveport area, you might want to search for an alternate route late this week.

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced there will be a number of intermittent ramp closures on I-49 in Shreveport late this week that will allow Kansas City Southern railroad to perform maintenance work to their infrastructure.

Which Off-Ramps Will Be Affected And When?

The advisement from the DOTD states that there will be complete lane closures in thirty minute increments for the following ramps between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm on the following days:

  • I-49 southbound off-ramp to Kings Highway: Friday, May 5, 2023
  • I-49 southbound off-ramp to LA 511 (70th Street): Friday, May 5, 2023
  • I-49 southbound off-ramp to Hollywood/Pierremont: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Detour signage will be in place advising motorists what alternate routes are suggested and as always, the work will be performed weather permitting, so the possibility exists for altered hours or postponed days and hours.

Weather Could Force Some Changes To The Current Schedule

That's an interesting point at this time, as The Weather Channel is predicting, with their 10-day forecast, there could be scattered thunderstorms during some of the work hours Friday and Saturday.  We'll be sure to update you, should this work be postponed due to the possibility of inclement weather.

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.

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