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Author Topic: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely  (Read 11794 times)

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http://www.dotd.la.gov/administration/public_info/projects/i49north/map.pdf

There's a map of the route.  Much of the route has been funded (green segments) and much of the route should be open by 2012.  If anyone has Rand McNally contacts, they should let them know that the Arkansas to Hosston segments (9.6 miles) will be finished this year and need to be on the 2011 Rand McNally as completed, and broken Rand blue to show the u/c segments between LA 1 and LA 170.  Hey, they did it for I-74 in SE NC!
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 09:44:39 AM »

I think it's great that the project is moving along, but is Arkansas anxious enough to link the freeway up to Fort Smith to eventually replace I-540 with I-49 signs?
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010, 01:30:41 PM »

I think it's great that the project is moving along, but is Arkansas anxious enough to link the freeway up to Fort Smith to eventually replace I-540 with I-49 signs?

I'm pretty sure the cost of sign replacement is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall logistical cost of building 180 miles of interstate-grade facility from Texarkana to Fort Smith for I-49.  As opposed to building I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock, this section of Arkansas is not a flat rice field, and will involve some difficult terrain.  I was, however, glad to see that AHTD is moving forward with right-of-way for construction of some bridges/ramps for the connection with I-49 at AR-22 near Barling.
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010, 09:47:59 PM »

I think it's great that the project is moving along, but is Arkansas anxious enough to link the freeway up to Fort Smith to eventually replace I-540 with I-49 signs?

They tried that a couple years ago. Arkansas and Missouri wanted to post I-49 signs along the completed sections, but AASHTO said "no".
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010, 10:59:57 PM »

What, if anything, is the latest on the potential segment between I-220 and I-20?

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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010, 02:20:05 AM »

What, if anything, is the latest on the potential segment between I-220 and I-20?

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Looks like from that pdf map that it is unfunded right now.  However, since it looks like 80% of the route is funded, I assume they are working on the gap.  Also, the planning is underway for the connector through Shreveport north of I-20.  I-49 is no longer planned to ride I-220.  If you look at an aerial, there really isn't THAT much that will have to be bulldozed in the city.
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010, 07:38:42 AM »

Of course, once LA finishes its stretch, and AR gets everything between LA and Texarkana done, it should be a breeze to get I-49 extended to I-30.
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010, 10:36:35 AM »

Of course, once LA finishes its stretch, and AR gets everything between LA and Texarkana done, it should be a breeze to get I-49 extended to I-30.

They're working on that:


This is future I-130 (which eventually is supposed to be I-49) just northeast of Texarkana.
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010, 03:55:46 PM »

What, if anything, is the latest on the potential segment between I-220 and I-20?

Mike

Looks like from that pdf map that it is unfunded right now.  However, since it looks like 80% of the route is funded, I assume they are working on the gap.  Also, the planning is underway for the connector through Shreveport north of I-20.  I-49 is no longer planned to ride I-220.  If you look at an aerial, there really isn't THAT much that will have to be bulldozed in the city.
Yea, I note that the high-res Google aerial image of the I-20/49 interchange area shows what looks like a complex of public housing buildings right across from the ends of the ghost ramps at the north end of that interchange and the Bing image (likely a bit newer), shows all of those buildings *GONE* and the land vacant.

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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010, 04:18:31 PM »

http://www.dotd.la.gov/administration/public_info/projects/i49north/map.pdf

There's a map of the route.  Much of the route has been funded (green segments) and much of the route should be open by 2012.  If anyone has Rand McNally contacts, they should let them know that the Arkansas to Hosston segments (9.6 miles) will be finished this year and need to be on the 2011 Rand McNally as completed, and broken Rand blue to show the u/c segments between LA 1 and LA 170.

I doubt it will be done this year. I was just through there in November and they have a long way to go; This is near Mira:


This is LA 168 near Ida


On LA 2 there is nothing going on at all.

I think some of that is wishful thinking on Louisiana's part. It could happen, but I have my doubts.

And what will happen when they get to Arkansas? It will be a dead-end.
Miller County 2 is just now being cleared of brush. Finishing the 549/71 interchange looks at least 2 years away (just now starting on it).
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2010, 06:45:17 PM »

They tried that a couple years ago. Arkansas and Missouri wanted to post I-49 signs along the completed sections, but AASHTO said "no".

Lousy AASHTO, trying to confuse people in the future when I-540 does change to I-49 - I'm sure there will be a few incorrect signs or verbal directions when the change occurs giving directions to a phantom I-540 in Fayetteville.
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2010, 07:28:10 PM »

I'll be through there in February.  I'll try to remember to report my findings back through this thread (following US 71 from Shreveport to I-540).
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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2010, 11:09:24 PM »

I had no idea about the junction with I-30.  That's good news that work is underway.  I wasn't sure how they diamond interchange with 245 was going to work, but I see now that they are building a new interchange east of that diamond.  Good stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2010, 12:08:00 AM »

In fact, the planning for what will be called the I-49 Inner City Connector is well underway.  Here's the official DOTD website:

http://www.i49shreveport.com

They've already had two public meetings on this Phase 0 preliminary study.....after the third hearing scheduled later this spring, an EIS is planned and then the only issue will be funding.  This segment may even get built before any part of I-49 South between Lafayette and New Orleans does.


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Re: I-49 construction (Shreveport to Arkansas line) moving along very nicely
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Yea, I note that the high-res Google aerial image of the I-20/49 interchange area shows what looks like a complex of public housing buildings right across from the ends of the ghost ramps at the north end of that interchange and the Bing image (likely a bit newer), shows all of those buildings *GONE* and the land vacant.

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When you mentioned that, I called up googlemaps and Bing and found more structures removed north of those projects you found.  So it looks like the expropriations are underway, as more houses have been removed.
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2010, 11:07:15 AM »

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Yea, I note that the high-res Google aerial image of the I-20/49 interchange area shows what looks like a complex of public housing buildings right across from the ends of the ghost ramps at the north end of that interchange and the Bing image (likely a bit newer), shows all of those buildings *GONE* and the land vacant.

Mike

When you mentioned that, I called up googlemaps and Bing and found more structures removed north of those projects you found.  So it looks like the expropriations are underway, as more houses have been removed.
I forgot to mention in that above posting that in addition to the public housing complex being gone in the Bing image, about half of those 'shotgun' shacks between that complex and the interchange in the Google image are also missing from the Bing image.

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I am exited to see that Louisiana is working very hard on finishing I-49. Does anyone know when the section of I-49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is going to get finished.
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I am exited to see that Louisiana is working very hard on finishing I-49. Does anyone know when the section of I-49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is going to get finished.

Given the current level of funding, I'd say right around 2140.

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I am exited to see that Louisiana is working very hard on finishing I-49. Does anyone know when the section of I-49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is going to get finished.

Given the current level of funding, I'd say right around 2140.

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I betcha that the DOTD is more willing to complete I-49 North as a connector, then focusing its efforts on I-49 South. I'd prefer to see 49 completed to I-30 before anything else... anyone thought about renaming I-49 South as I-10S, and 10 thru BR as I-10N?

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Given that having I-49 completed from NOLA to Lafayette would enable a better evacuation of SE Louisiana when the next big hurricane inevitably hits, I would give that section priority.  However this freeway is more about funding or lack thereof than any sort of "being prepared" deal.

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I am exited to see that Louisiana is working very hard on finishing I-49. Does anyone know when the section of I-49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is going to get finished.

Given the current level of funding, I'd say right around 2140.

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I betcha that the DOTD is more willing to complete I-49 North as a connector, then focusing its efforts on I-49 South. I'd prefer to see 49 completed to I-30 before anything else... anyone thought about renaming I-49 South as I-10S, and 10 thru BR as I-10N?

No.  I-10 can remain, and I-49 can be extended to N.O. It's really not that big of a deal.
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I was talking with locals in Houma last year and many do not seem too confident that I-49 will be a reality anytime soon in that region.  Most had the attitude that they (meaning the officials) have been saying that for years now.  "I'll believe it when I see it" one was telling me when I visited there last Spring.
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I was in Caddo Parish today, its all complete from the Arkansas state line a significant distance southward. There isnt any construction equipment around, it just basically needs signs/painting.

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I am exited to see that Louisiana is working very hard on finishing I-49. Does anyone know when the section of I-49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is going to get finished.

Given the current level of funding, I'd say right around 2140.

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I betcha that the DOTD is more willing to complete I-49 North as a connector, then focusing its efforts on I-49 South. I'd prefer to see 49 completed to I-30 before anything else... anyone thought about renaming I-49 South as I-10S, and 10 thru BR as I-10N?

No.  I-10 can remain, and I-49 can be extended to N.O. It's really not that big of a deal.

According to a note on last year's official LA Highway map it stated that the purpose of I-49 to be all the way to New Orleans is to link Canada with the Gulf of Mexico Ports in NO. 

I myself traveled US 71 through Arkansas and believe me a freeway upgrade is needed badly.  US 71 is not a bad road, but it consumes so much time.   It took me all day to drive from Joplin, MO to New Orleans back in 01.
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[...] I betcha that the DOTD is more willing to complete I-49 North as a connector, then focusing its efforts on I-49 South. I'd prefer to see 49 completed to I-30 before anything else... anyone thought about renaming I-49 South as I-10S, and 10 thru BR as I-10N?

Ummm...I-49 North is pretty much complete and fully funded, other than the ICC segment in Shreveport between I-20 and I-220.

I-49 South's main competition for funding isn't I-49 North...it's the Baton Rouge Loop and I-69. And NO, don't bring back suffixes for Interstate highways.

When I-49 is ultimately extended to Fort Smith and the existing I-540/US 71 corridor from there through NW AR and MO is converted, the east-west segment from Lafayette to NOLA won't be as much a stuck-out thumb. So, for continunity's sake, and connecting NOLA and the South Louisiana ports to another major N/S route, I'd stay the course.
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