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I-49 expansion linking Shreveport and Texarkana now open

9 of 11 segments now complete in I-49 expansion project 9 of 11 segments now complete in I-49 expansion project
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Ten miles of I-49 North from U.S. 71 to Arkansas' state line is now open.

According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office, the $113 million expansion project establishes a vital transportation connection that will allow goods and services to move faster throughout Louisiana while supporting an average of 10,000 commuters daily.

Elected officials from both states held a dedication ceremony Monday morning at for the final section of Interstate 49 between Texarkana, AR and Shreveport, LA.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Arkansas-Louisiana state line at the new location of I-49.

The entire I-49 North project spans approximately 36 miles from north of Shreveport to the Arkansas border. Nine of the eleven segments are complete and 30 miles are open to drivers. More than five miles of construction is currently underway for the last two segments. 

The segment from MLK Blvd. to La. 1 began in April 2013 and will be completed in 2015. In addition, the segment from I-220 to MLK Blvd. is estimated to be completed by late 2016 or early 2017.

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