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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #175 on: February 19, 2019, 10:01:26 AM »

Apparently someone at DOTD likes the hyphenated "by-pass." Some of us prefer consistency.
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« Reply #176 on: February 19, 2019, 10:56:04 AM »

Apparently someone at DOTD likes the hyphenated "by-pass." Some of us prefer consistency.

So does Arkansas. Also Oklahoma.
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« Reply #177 on: February 19, 2019, 07:00:08 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@32.5421396,-93.6022188,3a,75y,261.71h,76.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5Q8v7b2QbiGPGCinvtU0ug!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

DOTD can make all caps by-pass signs too. These for I-220 are older than the one in Natchitoches.
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« Reply #178 on: February 19, 2019, 07:04:00 PM »

The point is that quality control isn't a DOTD strong suit.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #179 on: February 19, 2019, 07:06:08 PM »

The point is that quality control isn't a DOTD strong suit.

No arguments here. I agree.
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« Reply #180 on: June 09, 2020, 12:24:48 PM »

DOTD just shared this photo on Facebook of current progress on the extension of I-220 in Bossier City into Barksdale AFB.







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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #181 on: June 09, 2020, 02:26:15 PM »

Louisiana has lost 2 more outline state shield signs. The 2 hanging over US 71/LA 1 at I-220 have been replaced with extruded panel signs & white LA 1 shields.
NOOO! Only one left that I know of. LA 1 bypass BGS as you approach Natchitoches on LA 1 north


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Sad day indeed.  :-( :-(

I would like to take this moment to apologize for any broken hearts I may have caused making this report a few months ago....because I was dead wrong! The outline LA 1 shield signs on both overpasses are indeed still up. I just drove through there an hour ago and saw them with my own eyes.

Again, I apologize for being so very wrong.

I regret to pass this along, but the old state outline signs at the N. Market St/I-220 interchange have now been replaced. Here is the sad proof:

Old state outline signs replaced at N. Market St. by Jess Kilgore, on Flickr



Old state outline signs replaced at N Market St. by Jess Kilgore, on Flickr

And then, there was only 1.

The exit sign with the outline shield for LA 72 (Old Minden Rd.) at the exit ramp has been removed. This is another victim of aging overhead trusses that DOTD have been taking down.

So now there is only 1 outline shield left. It is on I-20 WB just past the Industrial Dr. exit. It is the first exit sign for Old Minden Rd...and it is still center tabbed too!
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« Reply #182 on: June 09, 2020, 03:23:16 PM »

Those links are coming up as errors.
 
There were a couple older non-white shields last time I was in town. Are any of them left?
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #183 on: June 09, 2020, 05:26:19 PM »

I don't know what I did or how I did that, but there are no links to look at in the body of the message.

Are you referring to the outline shields when you say "non-white" shields? If so, that is what I am referring to.
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« Reply #184 on: June 09, 2020, 05:28:42 PM »

I don't know what I did or how I did that, but there are no links to look at in the body of the message.

Are you referring to the outline shields when you say "non-white" shields? If so, that is what I am referring to.

Yeah, OK.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #185 on: June 29, 2020, 04:56:15 PM »

They’ll have to change that “Ruston next 3 exits” sign too. Like when West Monroe added the Downing Pines Exit


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This & relocate the sign west of town further west. The current one is located close to the new Tarbutton ramp.
The new Tarbutton Road interchange (Exit 83) was fully opened to traffic last Thursday.

http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/administration/announcements/Announcement.aspx?key=23570
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« Reply #186 on: June 29, 2020, 10:34:53 PM »

They’ll have to change that “Ruston next 3 exits” sign too. Like when West Monroe added the Downing Pines Exit


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This & relocate the sign west of town further west. The current one is located close to the new Tarbutton ramp.
The new Tarbutton Road interchange (Exit 83) was fully opened to traffic last Thursday.

http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/administration/announcements/Announcement.aspx?key=23570

The ramps are open, yes. Buuuuuuuuuuuutttttt..........

About a month before the ramps were opened, the BGSs were put up. But one week before opening the ramps, all 6 BGSs were taken down. Today, one week after opening the ramps, the contractors were taking down one sign post from all 6 locations and digging up the steel mounting base belonging to the post they took down. I have no idea what has happened to make them do all of this.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #187 on: July 03, 2020, 12:32:34 PM »

Making it match the schemetics. EXACTLY. Even if the schemetic is wrong.
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« Reply #188 on: July 11, 2020, 12:15:27 PM »

The BGSs for the Tarbutton Rd interchange have now been reinstalled. At all 6 locations, the post furthest from the roadway was "reset". Now it looks as though those posts are leaning to avoid hitting a brace on the back side of the exit tab. smh

Now there is another issue I have with one of the BGSs and where it is located. In the westbound lanes, there is a 2-mile advance BGS for Tarbutton Rd (exit 83) just past the gore area for exit 85 (US 167). Behind the 2-mile advance sign, mounted on the overpass, is a 3/4-mile advance BGS for exit 84 (LA 544).

IMO, this 2-mile advance sign needs to be moved to the east bound lanes in between the Grambling on-ramp and EB lanes gore area. That would be much better. Also, Ruston just needs a complete over haul of ALL of its BGSs, putting them all on overhead gantries with updates on the information on some of the signs.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #189 on: August 31, 2020, 05:34:18 AM »

While driving through Bossier City & Shreveport on I-220 yesterday, I noticed that all of the directional signs and LGSs at the interchanges on the Bossier side have all been changed. They used to list Dallas for the west bound I-220 signs. They now read "Texarkana". The LGSs that were changed now have state-named shields instead of neutered.

Interesting fact: when the I-20/I-220 interchange was born in the mid 70s, the BGSs for the westbound approach to the I-220 interchange at exit 26 listed Texarkana as the lone control city. They were replaced in the 90s with BGSs that removed Texarkana and replaced it with BYPASS.
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« Reply #190 on: August 31, 2020, 10:59:22 AM »

While driving through Bossier City & Shreveport on I-220 yesterday, I noticed that all of the directional signs and LGSs at the interchanges on the Bossier side have all been changed. They used to list Dallas for the west bound I-220 signs. They now read "Texarkana". The LGSs that were changed now have state-named shields instead of neutered.

Interesting fact: when the I-20/I-220 interchange was born in the mid 70s, the BGSs for the westbound approach to the I-220 interchange at exit 26 listed Texarkana as the lone control city. They were replaced in the 90s with BGSs that removed Texarkana and replaced it with BYPASS.

No that is By-PASS LOL....
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« Reply #191 on: August 31, 2020, 02:52:28 PM »

While driving through Bossier City & Shreveport on I-220 yesterday, I noticed that all of the directional signs and LGSs at the interchanges on the Bossier side have all been changed. They used to list Dallas for the west bound I-220 signs. They now read "Texarkana". The LGSs that were changed now have state-named shields instead of neutered.

Interesting fact: when the I-20/I-220 interchange was born in the mid 70s, the BGSs for the westbound approach to the I-220 interchange at exit 26 listed Texarkana as the lone control city. They were replaced in the 90s with BGSs that removed Texarkana and replaced it with BYPASS.

Yes, partially because the By-pass didn't bypass until the very late 80's.
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« Reply #192 on: August 31, 2020, 03:08:38 PM »

While driving through Bossier City & Shreveport on I-220 yesterday, I noticed that all of the directional signs and LGSs at the interchanges on the Bossier side have all been changed. They used to list Dallas for the west bound I-220 signs. They now read "Texarkana". The LGSs that were changed now have state-named shields instead of neutered.

Interesting fact: when the I-20/I-220 interchange was born in the mid 70s, the BGSs for the westbound approach to the I-220 interchange at exit 26 listed Texarkana as the lone control city. They were replaced in the 90s with BGSs that removed Texarkana and replaced it with BYPASS.

Yes, partially because the By-pass didn't bypass until the very late 80's.

Here is a wild prediction: when the BAFB interchange is complete, the new BGSs for exit 26 will have both BAFB & Texarkana listed on them.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #193 on: November 14, 2020, 02:28:44 PM »

Random question: Is two lanes really adequate for I-20 in Bossier City?
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« Reply #194 on: November 14, 2020, 08:49:24 PM »

Random question: Is two lanes really adequate for I-20 in Bossier City?
I’m kind of surprised it’s never been 3. The 3 lanes extend west of I-220 on the Shreveport side by a couple of miles.


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« Reply #195 on: November 14, 2020, 10:42:29 PM »

No two in Bossier is not enough. The problem is the real choke point is the Red River bridge and it is not going to be replaced any time in the immediate future. So widening I-20 will not fix the problem.
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« Reply #196 on: November 15, 2020, 12:16:29 AM »

No two in Bossier is not enough. The problem is the real choke point is the Red River bridge and it is not going to be replaced any time in the immediate future. So widening I-20 will not fix the problem.
The bridge over the river actually has 6. It’s the lane drop at LA 1 in downtown Shreveport.


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« Reply #197 on: November 15, 2020, 01:33:23 PM »

The portion of I-20 east of "the Bossier Crossroads" was one of the last portions opened (mid 70s). There was absolutely nothing out there, so at that time 2 lanes were plenty. In fact they could barely afford to build that part of I-20 back then. That's why all of that are is only 2 lanes. It definitely is not enough now. It really needs to be six-laned all the way to Haughton.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #198 on: November 26, 2020, 03:08:12 AM »

Some good news for people who drive on I-10 from Texas into Louisiana: the last 10 miles of widening in Calcasieu Parish will be completed in 2025... as part of this project, 10 bridges will be replaced and widened as well as rebuilding the weigh-in-motion on I-10 eastbound. The project is estimated at $152 million.

To maintain two lanes of traffic, the project is broken up into three separate segments, the first segment being from the state line to LA 109.

https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/louisiana-dotd-provides-updates-on-two-big-interstate-10-projects/50492
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« Reply #199 on: November 26, 2020, 09:25:20 AM »

Some good news for people who drive on I-10 from Texas into Louisiana: the last 10 miles of widening in Calcasieu Parish will be completed in 2025... as part of this project, 10 bridges will be replaced and widened as well as rebuilding the weigh-in-motion on I-10 eastbound. The project is estimated at $152 million.

To maintain two lanes of traffic, the project is broken up into three separate segments, the first segment being from the state line to LA 109.

https://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/louisiana-dotd-provides-updates-on-two-big-interstate-10-projects/50492

Ummm....isn't I-10 within the I-210 junctions in Lake Charles, including the Calcasieu River Bridge, still 4 lanes?
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