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Louisiana DOTD to Replace 60-Year-Old Bridge Over I-20 in Webster Parish

MINDEN, LA — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces a project to remove and replace the LA 532 overpass over I-20 just east of Minden in Webster Parish.

By providing a new overpass, the $8-million project will ensure continued access to the businesses and surrounding communities for decades to come.

The new overpass will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridge — built in 1960 — so traffic will be maintained on the existing LA 532 structure as much as possible during construction.

“The LA 532 overpass replacement was funded through DOTD’s ability to remain a recipient of millions in redistribution dollars by the Federal Highway Administration,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “While not a sustainable funding stream, Louisiana has received the additional funding for 19 consecutive years, a testament to effectively managing its construction projects each fiscal year. We are excited to replace a structure that serves as a rural connector for this region.”

During various points of the project, ramp closures will be necessary to allow the contractor to perform certain work. When that occurs, traffic will be detoured via LA 532 and US 80. Additionally, a limited number of nighttime only closures of I-20 may be required as work progresses.

Construction work is anticipated to begin in mid-late March 2020, with the entire project estimated to be complete in fall 2021, weather permitting. Final utility relocation is underway and will need to be complete prior to the start of construction.

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