Jimmie Davis Bridge (LA 511) Replacement/Rehabilitation

Project Details
State Proj. No.: H.001779
Start date:
May 2024

Finish date:
Beginning of 2027

Cost: $361.7 million
Contractor: James Construction Group
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is anticipating the start of construction on the new four-lane Jimmie Davis Bridge, along with improvements to LA 511, in mid to late May 2024. This bridge crosses the Red River and sits in both Bossier and Caddo Parishes. 

In addition to a new four-lane bridge that will be built just north of the existing two-lane structure, the roadway on each side of the bridge will be widened and reconstructed to accommodate two lanes of traffic in each direction, including a raised median and three new median openings for U-turns. This configuration will improve traffic flow and ease congestion, along with enhancing safety along the corridor. 

The existing structure will be rehabilitated and transformed into a linear park, connecting into the park and trail system in Bossier and Caddo Parishes, providing bicycle/pedestrian crossings over the Red River, as well as a trail extension to Hamel Memorial Park.

The construction will be completed in phases. Phase 1 work will include installation of access roads and temporary trestle bridges to faciliate the construction of the new bridge, construction of temporary and permanent pavement to accommodate traffic in later phases, LA 511/ART Parkway ramp construction, and new drainage and pavement on the north side of LA 511 between Brookshire Arena Drive and US 71 (Barksdale Blvd).

During construction, access will be maintained to all residences and businesses, though some traffic patterns may change while construction is underway. Ample notice will be given to the traveling public in advance of any modifications to traffic patterns. 

The new four-lane bridge is expected to be open to traffic by early 2027, with the entire project anticipated to wrap up in early 2028.