BOSSIER CITY, La. -- The condition of Interstate 20 through Bossier City has been a topic of discussion for years and that roller coaster ride that so many drivers complain about soon should get a lot smoother.
"We'll be completely reconstructing I-20 eastbound and westbound, from about Benton Road to Industrial Drive. So all of that will be brand new interstate. It is no secret that the pavement has reached it's lifespan and then some. It's the original pavement that was put in place from when the interstate was built. So it is past time for us to make those necessary repairs, and so we're very much looking forward to that," said Erin Buchanan, DOTD spokeswoman.
Federal funds will pay 90 percent of the cost and that's where Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), stepped in to help secure funding of about $39 million.
“Louisianians and our roads take a lot of hits from Mother Nature, so we can’t afford to stop investing in infrastructure at home. I’m glad to see this $39 million reinvested in the road that the hardworking people of Caddo and Bossier use to build our state’s economy and care for their communities,” said Kennedy in a statement Wednesday.
"Infrastructure investment has been one of my top priorities since I was elected to Congress. I’m very pleased to see that federal funding we secured will now dramatically improve the condition of I-20. This reconstruction will be a great blessing to the thousands of citizens who travel across north Louisiana every day, and we look forward to its completion,” said Johnson in the joint statement.
The project is set to go to bid next year.