Stonewall Traffic Nightmare Could Last Up to 2 Years
Your ride to and from Stonewall likely just got a lot longer.
Today, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is beginning some major improvements of LA 3276 (Stonewall-Frierson Road) which could go on through early 2025 before the work is completed.
The heavily traveled connector route in Stonewall services an average of over 9,000 vehicles per day, so even though the work is necessary, the repairs could prove to be a headache for many.
According to a statement from the DOTD, the contractor, Earnest Contracting, LLC, has already completed the full-depth patching portion of the project. Full-depth patching is a long-lasting method used to repair the base layers on certain sections of roadway and strengthen the existing pavement.
This project will also be utilizing a technology called Geocell, which is used in construction to provide structural reinforcement for load support in the base of the roadway, a critical component of this particular project.
Geocells are expandable panels made of high-density polymer material that when expanded, create a three-dimensional grid structure that can be filled with material and compacted.
The Geocell grid for this project will be installed and then filled with stone, followed by two inches of stone on top of the grid, and then 6 inches of asphalt will be applied, creating a smooth driving surface and strong base underneath.
All of the connecting driveways along this 4.6 mile stretch of LA 3276 will be adjusted for the increased height of the road due to the use of the Geocell technology, and then tied back into the highway.
The project also includes drainage work, curb and gutter, and permanent signage and striping installation. During construction, lane width restrictions of no wider than 10 feet will be in place.
As stated above, the project will hopefully be completed by early 2025, but that obviously depends on weather conditions and other factors that may impact construction timelines.
As with all projects from the DOTD, they remind you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking near an active construction zone.