US 171: Schweitzer Ave to LA 28; Leesville, Vernon Parish; H.014107
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 2:27:49 PM
October 19, 2022

US 171: Schweitzer Ave to LA 28
Control Section 024-06 & 025-01
Mile Post 17.67 to 18.437
S.P. H.014107
Leesville, Vernon Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, (DOTD), announces that, weather permitting, work will begin on the US 171: Schweitzer Ave to LA 28 project on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 and will continue for approximately (5) five months. This asphalt patch, mill, and overlay project is located on the northbound lanes of US 171, beginning at the intersection with Schweitzer Ave, proceeding north to approximately 370 feet south of the US 171/LA 28/LA 8 roundabout. This 1.935 mile project will receive drainage structures, milling asphalt concrete, pavement patching, asphalt concrete overlay, and related work.

The project was awarded to the low bidder, Gilchrist Construction Company, LLC in the amount of $3,994,445.88.

Permit/Detour Section
The contractor will begin asphalt patching operations on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 and the roadway will be open to all local and through traffic with no restrictions for passenger vehicles and a 12’ wide lane width restriction for all oversize vehicles traveling northbound US 171. There will be lane closures throughout the duration of this project.

Safety Reminder
All construction activity is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. DOTD appreciates the motoring public’s patience and reminds drivers to please exercise caution when traveling through work zone areas and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Additional Information
Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at Additionally, you can follow the Traffic Management Center on Twitter: (@Alex Traffic). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ and the DOTD Facebook page.

Project Contact
Mr. Randall Duffey, P.E.
Sabine and Vernon Parishes Project Engineer
Office: (337) 238-6406

Media Contact
Mrs. Erin Buchanan Mills
Public Information Officer 3
District 08: Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Winn Parishes
Phone: (318) 549-8402