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.
Arkansas state representatives are joining together to send a message to complete I-49.
A diverse group of pastors, elected officials and civic leaders announced January 23 a new coalition to support completing the Interstate 49 connector "the right way," which they touted as important for revitalization of neglected areas as well as economic development of the entire region.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials said finishing a missing portion of the Bella Vista Bypass is their top priority -- they just need $32.2 million to do the four-lane section between Pineville, Mo., and the state line.
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