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$20M Swan Lake widening project halfway completed

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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

The Swan Lake Road widening project is being touted as the $20 million solution to Bossier City's traffic problem.  Swan Lake Road will used as an alternative route to other north-south corridors like Airline Drive and Benton Road, Bossier City Engineer Mark Hudson said.

City leaders hope it will spread out the drivers passing through the area. But some neighbors are calling the road work frustrating, like Robert Ashton who lives off of Swan Lake Road.  
Ashton explained the road work causes a traffic nightmare during rush hour, "It will back up here all the way from HWY 80 and we're like 7 blocks down the street from there," said Ashton.

While the road work is slowing traffic down now, Hudson explained to KSLA News 12 that in the long run, the widening from 2 to 5 lanes will actually alleviate heavy traffic. "It'll be the frontier to new development north of town," said Hudson.

The first phase from Shed Road to Interstate 220 is fully completed. The second phase from Interstate 20 to Shed Road will wrap in June of next year. Still Ashton feels like the construction isn't going fast enough, "I've never seen a little stretch like this take so long," Ashton said, but according to Hudson, crews are actually ahead of schedule. 

"They work six days a week, they work July the 4th, they work through the night, it can't be done any faster," Hudson said.
 
The second phase will also include new landscaping, sidewalks, and a road leading off of the Interstate 20 ramp. The $20 million  project is being paid for through a bond issue passed in 2007.

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