I-49 from Shreveport to the Arkansas border is open!
Look how far we've come!
The I-49 North Extension from Shreveport to the Arkansas border is more than half complete, with the remainder under contract or construction except for an interchange at I-220 in Shreveport. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 4/12/13 to begin construction on the 10th of 11 segments of I-49 between Shreveport and Arkansas. By the end of 2013, several of these segments will be open to traffic between Shreveport and the Arkansas border! The interchange at I-220 will be going to bid in December of this year, with an estimated completion time of three years. The Inner-City Connector through Shreveport will take longer to complete, with the I-220 Bypass serving as the Alternate I-49 route until then.
AR Good Roads Commissioner Craig Douglass comments on how the Panama Canal opening could impact Arkansas highways and create a greater demand for I-49 completion.
Population growth in Greenwood, Arkansas, is projected to increase 153% by the year 2040. A new I-49 bridge across the Arkansas River is a significant component of their calculations.
Arkansas' governor, Asa Hutchinson, is serious about raising the state's matching funding to build highways, including I-49.
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Phone: (318) 207-1292