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I-49 from Shreveport to the Arkansas border is open!



Look how far we've come!


Shreveport LA - Groundbreaking for Segment J of the I-49 North Extension in Shreveport, LA with the Secretary of LA DOTD, local officials and I-49 Coalition members on April 12, 2013..


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.


Check out these helpful PDFs


Letter from Governer Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Progress Powerpoint Presentation



Canal Growth Could Tighten Traffic On Arkansas Interstates

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 projections show Greenwood booming

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 calls special highway funding session

Arkansas' governor, Asa Hutchinson, is serious about raising the state's matching funding to build highways, including I-49.


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