For Immediate Release

March 26, 2015

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Media Relations



Update: Hwy. 171 Project Pushed Back

LEESVILLE, La.-The City of Leesville announces that the Louisiana DOTD's plan to install a turning lane on U.S. 171 through the City has been rescheduled. The project will begin in June 2015.

The project consists of two separate sections.  The first section consists of concrete panel replacement and rehabilitation work on US 171 southbound lanes from the roundabout to the undivided asphalt overlay section near Circle K.  The second section consists of removing asphalt pavement, concrete pavement patching and rehabilitation, joint sealing and asphalt overlay from Circle K to 400' North of Boone Street on US 171 northbound and southbound lanes.  

"We're optimistic that this project will help alleviate some of the congestion in this part of town once the project is complete," said Leesville Mayor Rick Allen. "However, obviously, during the project traffic will be even more congested. We ask that everyone please be patient and to exercise caution in the work zone during that time. The project is expected to take eightmonths."

Both the northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one-lane traffic during the project.

In addition, drivers will not be able to make left turns from either the northbound or southbound lanes. Northbound traffic must travel to Cavanaugh Street, cross over to the southbound lane and then proceed to their destination. Southbound traffic must travel to the next crossover in New Llano to access the northbound lane and proceed to their destination.

However, work permitting drivers may be able to make left turns within the work zone from side streets that are equipped with traffic signals.

During the same period, DOTD will also be replacing culverts at La. 1213 and U.S. 171 at the north end of town near Mudbugs. U.S. 171 northbound lanes will also be reduced to one-lane traffic for approximately five weeks, or for the duration of the project.

Questions and concerns should be directed to Marcus Connella, P.E. at the local DOTD office number: 337-238-6406.


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