La 1: Rapides Station to I-49 Bridge; Rapides Parish; H.015314
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 3:54:43 PM

Rapides Parish

SPN: H.015314
Control Section 455-05 / 053-01

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 7:00 am, weather permitting, construction will begin at the interchange of I-49 Exit 94 (RAPIDES STATION) and LA 1. Traffic on River Road will be shifted to the southernmost two lanes of River Road during the first phase of construction. This Initial phase of construction is anticipated to last until the end of March.

This construction project consists of re-stabilization of the roadway base, asphaltic concrete pavement, and related work.

The contract was awarded to Gilchrist Construction Company, LLC in the amount of $3,439,930.73.

Permit/Detour section
There are no detours at this time associated with the lane closures.
There will be a lane width restriction of 12 feet for traffic exiting or entering I-49 at Exit 94.

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. Steve Buskie, P.E.
Rapides Parish Project Engineer
Office: (318) 487-5719

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