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DOTD Projects Moving Forward in the Area

Several road projects in the area are moving forward.
MONROE -- Several road projects in the area are moving forward.

For the Arkansas Road project in West Monroe, crews will be working on widening the road and installing roundabouts.

"The signalized intersections that are there now, will be replaced with roundabouts. Those roundabouts handle significantly more traffic but the main thing they do is reduce serious accidents by 90 percent," said Marshall Hill with DOTD in Monroe.

At the end of this year, crews will start clearing trees, buildings and extra concrete from Warren Drive to White's Ferry road.

Companies will then move their utilities from the road to outside the limits of construction so the new roadway can be built. The contractor will then start construction first between Warren Drive and White's Ferry Road sometime next year.

Officials say the process has been delayed because it's taking more time to buy the right of way for the roundabouts.

"No cancellation, there was some word that we were canceling, but we're steadily buying right of way and in the process of finalizing that," said Hill.

Meanwhile, crews are rehabilitating the Interstate 20 bridge near downtown Monroe. The bridge was built in the late 1960s, but hasn't had any major work done on it since then.

"This will add new surfacing to the top of the bridge, add friction to it. We do have a lot of accidents up there, hope this will help with that, so your tires won't slide as much," said Hill.

Underneath the bridge, crews are repainting the steel and repairing concrete underneath -- which explains the tents and cables draped alongside the bridge.

Closures will continue there for the next year and a half, during off peak hours.

Another project is in the works for later this year to resurface Highway 165 from Bayou Desiard to Highway 2 in Sterlington.

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