Construction to Begin on I-49 in Rapides Parish

road constructionTomorrow morning, if weather permits, construction will begin on Interstate 49 in Rapides Parish from Highway 181 to Highway 498.

This will start with temporary lane closures from the Willow Glen Interchange to mile marker 77.

The entire construction project will take almost a year.

The entire DOTD release can be found below.

KLAX ABC 31 News 6/10/14

I-49, North of LA 181 – North of LA 498;
Rapides Parish; Project # H.009539;
Control Section 455-05

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM, weather permitting, construction work will begin on I-49 in Rapides Parish from LA 181 to LA 498. The Project will consist of superpave asphaltic concrete pavement, cold planning asphaltic concrete, pavement patching, guardrail, and related work. The construction is expected to last approximately one year and alternating temporary lane closures can be expected throughout the length of the project.

The first proposed location of work will begin on the right lane of I-49 Southbound from Mile Marker 81 (Willow Glen Interchange) to Mile Marker 77.

Subsequent press releases will follow to inform the public of additional closures.

Permit/Detour section
Local and through traffic will be maintained at all times. Therefore, there are no designated detours at this time.

Starting Monday, June 16, 2014 no permitted loads greater than 12’ will be allowed through the construction site.

Safety Reminder
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Additional Information
Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 or visit for additional information. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @, the DOTD Facebook page or the LA DOTD Twitter page, @cenlatraffic for further information.

Project Contact
Steve Buskie, Project Engineer
Office # (318)