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Quoting Charles Dickens from "A Tale of Two Cities," it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That will soon be the scene in Bossier Parish. It's good that a number of our roads and bridges will soon be fixed, making it the best of times, but with these repairs come the traffic issues, and obviously that will bring on the converse side of things.

Knowledge of the upcoming Bossier Parish Police Jury projects and preparation for avoiding these areas, if possible, will be the key to seeing most of the positive of the situation though. Some of these projects will require closure of the area ranging from just a few days all the way up to three months. Obviously, these time lengths are weather contingent.

  • Work on Circle M Road is scheduled to begin July 20, and this road will be open to local traffic only. The project is expected to be completed in 10 days.
  • Contractors are scheduled to begin work July 27 on replacing the Swan Lake Rd. bridge at Flat River (just east of Legacy Elementary), a project that will include straightening a severe curve at that location.  Officials said Swan Lake Rd. will not be closed until Aug. 3. Work is expected to be completed in about 120 days.
  • A second phase of Glendale concrete street repairs is on schedule to begin Aug. 3 and the road will be open to local traffic only. While work is underway, the contractor will maintain access to the six homes in the construction area. The project is expected to take 60 days to complete.
  • An overlay project on Airline Dr. north from the Bossier City limits will begin Aug. 3 and the contractor plans to maintain traffic in both directions at all times. During periods of construction, however, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be routed as much as possible. Overlaying Airline Dr. is expected to take about 45 days.