Cost: $670 million
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The I-49 North project is a 36-mile project that will construct a four-lane interstate with a 4-foot inside shoulder and a 10-foot outside shoulder from I-220 in Shreveport to the Arkansas state line.
The cost of the I-49 North project is $670 million. The project is now fully funded. The project is broken up into 11 segments (A-K).
Approximately five miles remain to be constructed of the new interstate system. DOTD anticipates opening the new portions of I-49 North, between La. 1 to U.S. 71, by late summer to early fall of 2013. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in 2016.
Progress on I-49 North:
- Right-of-way purchase and utility relocation have been completed for all sections
- Construction Completion Schedules
- Arkansas state line to La. 168, Segment A - Complete
- La 168 to Mira-Myrtis Road, Segment B - Complete
- Mira-Myrtis Road to La 2, Segment C - Complete
- La 2 to U.S. 71, Segment D - Complete
- La. 170 to U.S. 71, Segment E – Estimated completion: Summer 2013
- La. 530 to La. 170, Segment F – Estimated completion: Summer 2013
- La 530 to La 169, Segment G – Estimated completion: Summer 2013
- La. 173 to La. 169, Segment H – Estimated completion: Fall 2013
- La. 1 to La. 173, Segment I – Estimated completion: Summer 2013
- I-220 to La. 1, Segment J - Estimated completion: Fall 2015
- I-220 to La. 1, Segment K - Estimated completion: 2016
Long-term plans call for I-49 to be extended from Lafayette to New Orleans and north from Shreveport to Kansas City, MO where it will connect with other interstates and provide a seamless link from Louisiana ports to the Canadian border.