Traffic in Leesville Expected to Increase Significantly with Closure of 1-10 at Sabine River

LEESVILLE-With the closure at 9 a.m. this morning of Interstate 10 due to flooding at the Sabine River, near the Texas State line, the City of Leesville expects to see a significant increase in traffic on U.S. Hwy. 171 for the duration of the closure.

Because of the significant increase in traffic, the No-Left Turn regulation currently in place in the construction zone on U.S. Hwy 171 between W. Schweitzer Ave. and Boone St. to  will be strictly enforced, according to Leesville Chief of Police Greg Hill.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we deal with the aftermath of last weeks’ torrential rains,” said Chief Hill. “Enforcing the no-left turn regulation will help ensure that traffic flows smoothly through the City.”

Local northbound traffic on U.S. 171 wanting to access merchants on the west side of the 171 construction zone in Leesville should travel Redtown Road to University Parkway to U.S. 171 South OR access a crossover street North of Circle. K.

Local Southbound traffic wishing to access merchants on the east side of the 171 construction zone in Leesville should access the first available spot for a U-turn in New Llano.

Travelers who attempt to turn left, causing traffic to back up behind them, delaying and inconveniencing other drivers, will be ticketed.

Chief Hill said that DOTD is in the process of inspecting the U.S. Hwy. 190 Bon Wier Bridge over the Sabine River. There is a possibility that DOTD will reopen that roadway into Texas, which will help alleviate the traffic being diverted through Leesville.