Major thoroughfares will be reconstructed, starting sometime this year. The King's Highway intersection with Youree Drive will get some much needed attention. The Shreveport-Barksdale Highway intersection with King's will, as well. It's a major road project Shreveport City Engineer Robert Westerman says has been a longtime coming.
"This intersection has been in the works for a while," Westerman said. "Alignments where first looked at in the early 80s."
Westerman says construction bidding on the project is projected to start later this summer in June. Reconstruction is expected to cost a little more than $10 million. The City of Shreveport and DOTD will work together to complete and pay for the project. DOTD's Susan Stafford says crews could begin work later this year.
"With a bid date in June, we would expect it to go to construction in fall of 2013," Stafford said.
Westerman says the Shreveport-Barksdale intersection will be transformed into the standard t-type intersection. Down King's at Youree Drive, lanes will be added and more.
"The new intersection will have 3 lanes going through the intersection, northbound and southbound," Westerman said. "Then we'll have dedicated turn lanes going westbound or eastbound on king's highway."
The construction projects are expected to last a year to 18 months. Even with the project months away, road officials are warning construction will cause traffic issues and for drivers to find new routes around those intersections.