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Expanding Jimmie Davis Bridge

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Shreveport-Bossier residents came to hear the Louisiana Department of Transportation's proposal to upgrade the Jimmie Davis Bridge.

The purpose for the meeting was to present the status of the project and to solicit comments from the public. Residents were able visit different stations with the project team, view project area displays, and review known environmental issues.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) says the existing bridge has two 12 foot lanes with no safety shoulders. The approach on the west is a 5-lane roadway with four 12-foot lanes, a 14-foot center lane, and 8-foot shoulders.

The proposed action by the DOTD will involve developing a crossing of the Red River at LA 511 that provides two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, preferably with 4-foot inside shoulders and 8-foot outside shoulders, and a shared use trail that connects the existing trails in Arthur Ray Teague Parkway and Clyde Fant Parkway.

State Senator Barrow Peacock of District 37 says that upgrading the bridge would be a great idea because it would reduce the growing traffic problem. Senator Peacock also said there will be a traffic count on the bridge starting next Tuesday.

If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to comment about the Louisiana Department of Transportation's proposal, email all comments to:

comments@redriverbrideea.com or call 1-877-280-8774

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