SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — You will need to find an alternate route if you plan to travel on certain parts of Interstate-20.
Starting tonight DOTD crews will begin working to remove the pedestrian bridge on I-20 west of the Bert Kouns Industrial Loop interchange in Shreveport.
In 2014, the overpass suffered extensive damage when it was struck by a dump truck. DOTD immediately closed the bridge for inspection following the crash and deemed it unsafe.
In Sept. 2017, the Shreveport City Council passed a resolution supporting the proposed removal of the overpass.
This week crews will be installing temporary barriers on the roadway shoulder and prepping the bridge spans for removal.
DOTD officials said there will be two nightly closures this week:
- Full westbound closure: Tuesday, April 23, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (Detour Exit 8)
- Full eastbound closure: Thursday, April 25, 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. (Detour Exit 5)
Two more nightly interstate closures will be required next week for the actual removal of the bridge:
- Full westbound closure: Monday, April 29, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (Detour Exit 8)
- Full eastbound closure: Tuesday, April 30, 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. (Detour Exit 5)
DOTD encourages you to pay attention to advance warning signs as you approach the construction zone, slow down, and be aware of workers and their equipment.