Feb 20, 2012 9:14 AM by AP
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Drivers in northern Bossier Parish who use Palmetto Road between the Flat River bridge and Old Palmetto Road may need to use an alternate route this summer.
The Times reports Bossier Parish officials expect the widening of the road to three lanes will start after the school year ends and will require road closures during construction.
Parish engineer Butch Ford said the project will cost more than $863,000.
Drivers will be able to use Linton Road to Old Palmetto as an alternate route, he said.
The parish still must acquire the final right-of-way and move utilities along the half-mile stretch before construction can start, Ford said.
Police Juror Wanda Bennett, who serves the area, said the road currently has no shoulders for runners or cyclists.
"It's very dangerous for pedestrians," she said.
She said construction will start with widening the bridge and the stretch up to Old Palmetto, but as funding becomes available, the Police Jury plans to widen the remainder of the road north to Burt Boulevard.