U.S. Hwy 171 from La. 10 through to Boone Street in Leesville will be one lane on each side beginning Monday, March 4.
U.S. Hwy 171 from La. 10 through to Boone Street in Leesville will be one lane on each side beginning Monday, March 4. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will begin a $15.1 million resurfacing project which is estimated to be complete in about six months. Michael DeSelle, P.E., area engineer for Vernon and Sabine parishes, Marcus Connella, P.E., project engineer, Sandra Doherty, lead inspector, with DOTD; and Damien Doucet, project manager, Jerry Chaney, project superintendent, and Murphy LeDoux, District 8 administrator, with Prairie Contractors, Inc., hosted a public meeting at the Leesville Country Cub on Monday evening. Approximately seven miles will be impacted from the Shop Rite at La. 10 to the street between WalMart and Walgreens in Leesville. Several crews will be working the entire length from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., with one lane closed and one lane accessible to motorists on each side. The work will begin on Monday in the southbound lane near O'Reilly Auto Parts in Leesville on Monday. The work will be completed section by section, with concrete pavement removal and asphalt overlay. Motorists are advised to leave early, and be patient while the project is in progress. "We know this will inconvenience the public," said DeSelle, "But this is a much needed project, and we ask for patience. We have a lot of tedious work to do." DeSelle asked that motorists look out for crews and equipment. "We will work as fast as we can to meet our six month construction date," said DeSelle. DeSelle said the schedule is aggressive as the project was expected to take 18 months to complete. Prairie Contractors, Inc. committed to six months when they bid on the project, which was awarded to them August 2012. Connela said the project will be ongoing 24 hours at the beginning. For more info, visit www.dotd.la.gov. Motorists can access travel info by calling 511 or visiting www.511la.org.