Regarding a possible Texarkana meet, I'm currently exploring with LaDOTD if they would be willing to provide authorization for several cars to drive on the I-49 North segments that are completely paved for several hours on a given day (currently Segments A-C, and probably Segment D by the time of a meet).
It looks like driving on the paved segments of I-49 North is an option if a Texarkana meet comes together. Today, I spoke with Susan Stafford, a LaDOTD Public Information Officer. She gave a tentative OK to the notion of meet attendees driving on the paved I-49 North, but there would be some bureaucratic prerequisites: (1) names of all attendees, (2) all attendees sign a liability waiver, (3) license plate numbers of all cars that will be driven on I-49 North, and (4) sufficient lead time to get (1)-(3) accomplished. I told her a possible meet would occur sometime in the Spring to early Fall time frame, and provided a rough estimate of 10-12 attendees.
She was amused by the term "roadgeek", said that she has driven it herself 3 to 4 times, and that it is "really cool" to drive on the deserted interstate. If a meet comes together, I would be happy to assist with the bureaucratic stuff associated with this beforehand. If the general feeling is that the bureaucratic stuff would kill the fun, I would completely understand.
Even if I cannot make the meet, I might do a "stealth" drive myself before it opens to the general public.