Parish News

Barksdale exit project moving along



Parish Administrator Bill Altimus told Bossier Parish Police Jury members Wednesday that funding for the proposed $90 million entrance to Barksdale Air Force Base off I-20 and I-220 passed the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget earlier this week. 

Now the project heads to the state Bond Commission. Barring unanticipated stumbling blocks, funds could be finalized by the end of this year and contracts could be issued by 2019.

Both Bossier City and Bossier Parish will be participating in the project to the tune of $3 million each. That money will be paid over a 12-year period. The Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments/MPO will pay $12 million.

“For us and for Barksdale, this is really a win-win situation,” Police Jury President Glenn Benton said.

Also Wednesday, speed limit signs have been posted for some time along the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway from Jimmy Davis Bridge south to the parkway’s intersection with La. Hwy. 71 at Sligo Rd., but now the 50 miles-per-hour limit is official.

Jury members voted unanimously to officially establish the speed limit, a move that continues a policy on all parish roads with speed limits above 25 mph.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said Wednesday’s vote was merely a housekeeping measure.

“It has been a policy to have the police jury, by ordinance, establish speed limits on all parish roads. We were checking the speed limits in the parish and noticed we did not specify by ordinance an ART speed limit,” Ford said. “This takes care of that.”

 No new or additional signage will be placed along the roughly three-mile stretch of parkway.

In other action Wednesday, police jury members:

·      Presented a resolution of appreciation to Luke Turner who retired from the parish communications (911) board of directors.

·       Saw Dr. Shelly Barrett of NLCOG and State Police Capt. Steve Robinson present the Safety Spotlight Award to the parish Emergency Medical Services.

·       Denied an application of SmallCo Properties to the city-parish Metropolitan Planning Commission to change zoning classification on a plot of land from Residence-Agricultural District to General Business District.

·       Scheduled a public hearing for May 3 to consider approval of the LTP Timberquest Fund, LP, minor plat.

·       Voted to condemn properties on Pease Rd. in Haughton and Parish Camp Rd., also in Haughton. Granted a two-week extension for property on Longhorn Dr. in Bossier City.

·       Approved appropriating $50,000 from capital projects fund to support the 2018 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants that will be held in Shreveport/Bossier.

·       Adopted a proclamation proclaiming week of April 2-April 6 as National Community Development Week.

·       Approved a request from Evergreen Life Services for a letter of no objection to the sale of alcohol and beer at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Red River Room, for a special Evergreen 10th annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner on May 10.

·       Approved agreement between state of Louisiana and Bossier Parish Police Jury to implement a grant under the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program through the Restore Louisiana Infrastructure.

·      Approved a proposal of Denmon Engineering Co. for evaluation of existing wastewater facilities in several subdivisions for the parish’s Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage Dist. 1.

·      Approved a short form of agreement between owner and engineer for professional services between Coyle Engineering Co., Inc. and the Bossier Parish Police Jury for construction plans and specifications for paving, drainage, water and sewer improvements for Commerce Dr. extension, phase III.

·      Heard a report that said Bossier Parish’s current population is 128,658.


Police Jury member Wanda Bennett, who retired as director of the parish 911 system, presents Luke Turner a plaque of appreciation for his service on the communications district board of directors. Turner announced he was stepping down from the board.


Dr. Shelly Barrett (third from left), Transportation Safety Coalition Coordinator for the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments, joined (left) La. State Trooper Frank, Child Protection instructor and coordinator, and Capt. Steve Robinson, Troop G Commander, at Wednesday’s police jury meeting to present the Safety Spotlight Award to Bossier Parish Emergency Medical Services.

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