Louisiana to open part of new stretch of I-49 on Wednesday

Louisiana to open part of new stretch of I-49 on Wednesday
Here is what the LA DOTD says the completed Segment K project for Interstate 49 will look like when the overpass interchanges are fully constructed. (Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation)
Here is what the LA DOTD says the completed Segment K project for Interstate 49 will look like when the overpass interchanges are fully constructed. (Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Louisiana highway department will allow access to part of a new segment of Interstate 49 in Shreveport starting Wednesday.

An informational sign placed just south of the I-49/Louisiana Highway 1 interchange advises passing motorists that the northbound exit will open soon,

The $176 million I-49 North project referred to as Segment J began in 2014.

The northbound lanes of a 4.25-mile section between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and LA 1 will have a soft opening sometime Wednesday, a highway department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

That's Phase 1 of the $176 million I-49 North project referred to as Segment J that began in 2014.

The southbound lanes of Segment J will not be opened at this time to keep from dumping traffic onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, said Erin Buchanan, District 4 spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Segment J went to bid for $49.9 million in December 2012.

Click here for a detailed update on the project from the LA DOTD.

State highway officials broke ground April 12, 2013, for the stretch between LA 1 and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Meantime, work continues on Section K of Interstate 49, which will connect I-49 to Interstate 220.

Louisiana highway department officials expect that phase of the project to be completed in spring 2018.

Copyright 2017 KSLA. All rights reserved.