Traffic Jams Coming Soon To One Of DeSoto’s Busiest Roads
It's almost a battle of two evils. When the condition of a road deteriorates to the condition it's certainly no fun, if not dangerous, to travel, motorists cringe.
However, the prospect of long delays and traffic jams during a one-year-long reconstruction project brings on just as many woes.
Such is the case for an 11-mile section of LA 5 in DeSoto Parish.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has just announced a $15.3 million project to repair a a section of LA 5 stretching from Thomas Road near Logansport to LA 172 at the Town of Keatchie.
The project includes full-depth pavement patching, which is a long-lasting method used to repair the base layers on certain sections of roadways and strengthen the existing pavement.
Once patching is complete, work will move to the mill and overlay portion of the project, which will repair the driving surface of the roadway. Other work includes the installation of drainage structures, permanent signage, and striping.
Construction is anticipated to begin early this month. Lane closures will be necessary as work progresses, so motorists should expect some possible delays in the construction zone.
The entire project is anticipated to be complete in late 2024, with progress dependent on weather conditions and other factors that can impact construction timelines.
Previous construction projects have repaired sections along the LA 5 stretching from Logansport to Kickapoo (US 171). In all, nearly 20 miles of LA 5 will have been repaired once this current project is complete.
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 www.511la.org, 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 www.dotd.la.gov, by selecting MyDOTD, or by visiting the DOTD Facebook and Twitter pages.
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