One of Shreveport’s Busiest Intersections to Be Closed For Days
The good news is that the posse is coming to make things better for one of Shreveport's busiest intersections.
The bad news is that the work is going to cause the intersection to be completely closed for at least five days. And, in all likelihood, future closures will happen as the work progresses.
Why Is DOTD Going To Do This Work?
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reports that an estimated 31,150 vehicles travel through the intersection of Youree Drive and Regal Drive in Shreveport every day, and they have allocated $3.1 million to improve the sight distance for left turn motorists at that intersection and reduce the potential for right-angle (t-bone) crashes, which can be severe.
Improving sight distance is crucial for drivers as they identify gaps in traffic in which to attempt a left turn. A similar project was completed on LA 3032 (Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy) at Camilla Street in Shreveport in 2018.
According to the DOTD, work is set to begin on Monday, October 10 to reconstruct the left turn lanes on LA 1 (Youree Drive) at its intersection with Regal Drive near the Sam’s Club and Target shopping centers.
The Entire Intersection Will Be Closed Five Days Beginning October 10
The initial construction phase will be the installation of subsurface drainage structures and this work will require a complete closure of the intersection for approximately five days.
Access for local traffic will be maintained during the initial intersection work, though no lane closures or construction activity that impacts traffic will be allowed during the holiday shopping season. Construction will resume after the first of the year.
The entire project is anticipated to wrap up in Summer 2023, with progress dependent on weather conditions and other elements that may impact construction.