DOTD is in the beginning stages of a proposed traffic change at US 171 and Boone Street and very limited data concerning the proposed project currently exists. Therefore, DOTD is asking for your views and opinions concerning the proposal.

They want the views and opinions from federal, state, and local agencies, organizations, and individuals. The special expertise of these groups can assist DOTD with the early identification of possible adverse economic, social, or environmental effects or concerns.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) proposes improvements to the US HWY 171 corridor South of Leesville, Louisiana in Vernon Parish.

The proposed improvements include the implementation of access management along the corridor through the closure of selected existing median openings and the addition of a designated U-turn location. The project will also include the construction of a two lane roundabout at the intersection of US HWY 171 and Boone Street.

The road work will include: earthwork, grading, Class II base course application, installation of portland cement concrete and asphalt pavement, subsurface drainage, striping and signing of the roadway, and construction of pedestrian facilities.

Total project length is approximately 0.986 miles, and portions of the roadway will be closed during construction. However, the intersection will remain open during the construction of the proposed project. Access to adjacent properties will be maintained during construction.

The Average Daily Traffic values for US HWY 171 was 28,517 vehicles per day for 2018 and is projected to be 34,796 vehicles per day for 2037. Additional right-of-way will be required and DOTD does not expect the project to impact the wetlands.

It is anticipated that this project would be environmentally processed as a Categorical Exclusion (CE).

DOTD is asking that you furnish your views and comments in writing by May 30, 2019 to LADOTD; Environmental Engineer Administrator; P.O. Box 94245; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9245.

Please reference the following project in your reply.

STATE PROJECT NO. H.011909 FEDERAL AID PROJECT NO. H011909 ROUNDABOUT US 171 AT BOONE ST
US HWY 171 VERNON PARISH