The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and state and local officials recently celebrated the widening of the U.S. 171 corridor, which spans from Lake Charles to Shreveport.
“The widening of U.S. 171, which travels the length of Louisiana’s western border, will serve as a crucial north-south evacuation route as well as improve highway safety and accommodate the transportation needs of businesses and residents alike,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas.
The completion of the final segment of U.S. 171 from Florien to Many opens a 173-mi stretch of U.S.171 that is now four-laned from Lake Charles to Shreveport. The 6.6-mi Florien-to-Many contract was awarded for $34.6 million.
Local officials recognized the state and DOTD for investing in their communities and businesses and share the renewed hope that the roadway improvements will boost local economies as freight and travel connections are made easier.