DOTD provides update on Spring St. (LA 1) northbound bridge closure due to train derailment in Shreveport
Thursday, May 07, 2020 at 12:59:12 PM

DOTD provides update on Spring St. (LA 1) northbound bridge closure due to train derailment in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced today that the process is moving forward to repair damage to the LA 1 northbound (Spring Street) bridge following a train derailment in downtown Shreveport.

The emergency repair contract is being developed and a construction contractor identified – Huval & Associates, Inc., based out of Lafayette.

The train derailment that occurred on Friday, April 24, 2020 resulted in severe damage to the two of the three steel support columns, as well as the attached cross frame supports. The amount of damage was too extensive for DOTD in-house repairs, and required that an emergency contract be executed.

LA 1 northbound (Spring Street) heading into downtown Shreveport.

An extensive on-site review of the current condition of the 83-year-old structure has been conducted, and the necessary repairs are being evaluated and identified. The Spring Street overpass serves as the primary entrance into the downtown area from I-20, carrying an average of 46,800 vehicles per day.

Preliminary construction plans are being developed, and soil borings at the site will be acquired in the coming days in preparation for repairs to begin.

DOTD is also working closely with both Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroad companies in order to coordinate work amid the timing of train traffic through the project area.

DOTD will issue further communication when a definitive timeline for construction work has been established.

The Spring Street and the Spring Street off-ramp from I-20 (Exit 19A) to Crockett Street remains closed, and will reopen when repairs are complete.

DOTD greatly appreciates the public’s patience we work to move this process forward as expeditiously as possible, while ensuring the safety of the structure for the motoring public.

Contact information:

Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
Shreveport-Bossier District
(318) 549-8402

LA 1 northbound (Spring Street) overpass over the KCS railroad tracks

that was struck by a train on Friday, April 24, 2020.