Repairs to LA 1 (Spring St.) bridge in Shreveport moving forward following train derailment
Monday, May 18, 2020 at 1:55:44 PM

Repairs to LA 1 (Spring St.) bridge in Shreveport moving forward following train derailment

– The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the repairs to the LA 1 northbound (Spring Street) overpass in downtown Shreveport, Caddo Parish are moving forward.

The 83-year-old bridge was significantly damaged during a train derailment that occurred on Friday, April 24, 2020.

The contractor was given the green light to begin repair work on Friday, May 15th, with the issuance of the official Notice to Proceed.

The contractor is expected to begin work on the site in the coming days, once necessary materials are received.

The derailment resulted in damage to two of the three steel support columns, as well as the attached cross frame supports. The bridge was immediately shut down to traffic, which included the off-ramp from I-20.

An emergency repair contract had to be executed – and a construction project developed - in order to proceed with the repairs.
The work is anticipated to last approximately 70 days, weather permitting.

DOTD and the railroad companies (Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern) are continuing to coordinate to allow the work to progress amid train traffic through the project area.

The Spring Street overpass serves as the primary route into the downtown Shreveport area from I-20. Until repairs are complete, the bridge and off-ramp from I-20 (Exit 19A) to Crockett Street will remain closed.

Motorists are directed to use the Fairfield Avenue exit (Exit 18C) from I-20 to access the downtown area.

The public’s patience is greatly appreciated while DOTD diligently works to ensure repairs are completed properly and efficiently for the safety of the roughly 46,800 vehicles that utilize the overpass daily.

Contact information:

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

LA 1 northbound (Spring St.) bridge remains closed following a trail derailment that occurred

on April 24, 2020 in downtown Shreveport, Caddo Parish.