We can't say we didn't know it was coming, but like an annual visit to the proctologist, knowing it's coming doesn't make the reality of it any better.

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In November of 2023, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advised motorists of the the start of a $4.1 million project to provide the first phase of a number of improvements to the LA 3227 @ LA 157 intersection in Haughton.

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Over the past several weeks, crews have completed much of the preliminary work of the project in the form of clearing and grubbing.  Additionally, SWEPCO has spent several weeks moving utility poles that are located within the project limits.

Haughton Intermittent Lane Closures Are Set To Begin Monday, February 5

And now, the Louisiana DOTD advises motorists that beginning on Monday, February 5 at 6:00 am, there will be intermittent lane closures on LA 157 near the intersection with LA 3227 to allow for concrete patching operations.

Officials from DOTD state that this traffic configuration, along with the associated lane closures, is anticipated to last approximately three months.

Haughton Residents Will Need To Prepare For Delays And Possible Detours

Especially affected by this will be morning commuters attempting to drop school kids off at any of Haughton's three public schools and those who would normally use I-20 to leave the Haughton area.

Though an inconvenience, once completed, this project should move traffic a lot more smoothly through the fast-growing Haughton community.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

This project will ultimately include 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.

As with all DOTD projects, this work will be done weather permitting, so additional delays or other schedule changes could be necessitated.

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

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