If you noticed the barge traffic on the Red River south of downtown Shreveport, it’s a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to reinforce an eroding section of river bank.
The flooding of 2015 and 2016 weakened a portion of the bank in Bossier Parish just south of Boomtown Casino. The river current flowing out of downtown angles into the damaged bank which was beginning to give way next to Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.
If left without repair the erosion could have wiped out a section of the walkway and eventually affected the road.
“We had gotten within a few feet of the walkway,” says Rodney Nordby, with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, “but now the levee here is is fairly substantial so it would have been quite awhile, before it cut through the levee.”
600 feet of bedding stone and large rock have been placed to reinforce the bank and levee. It is expected to be a permanent fix. Fencing may eventually need to be placed between the walkway and repaired section of the bank.
The $1.2 million federally funded project has been ongoing for 4 weeks, and is expected to be completed around October 6th.