Groundbreaking ceremony held for I-20/I-220 BAFB Interchange

Groundbreaking to be held for new BAFB project

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Traveling to Barksdale Air Force Base will soon get easier for some drivers.

On Wednesday, May 15th, the Louisiana Department of Transportation broke ground on the highly anticipated I-20/I-220 Barsksdale Air Force Base interchange.

The ceremony took place at the site of the future interchange at 10 a.m. with plenty of public officials in attendance, including DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson and Governor John Bel Edwards.

The project is estimated to take around two and a half years to complete.

The project will cost $71.8 million with the city, Bossier Parish and the Northwest Louisiana Council of Government funding 20 percent.

New interchange to help traffic problems at Barksdale AFB

Bossier Parish will spend $3 million, and pay out $250,000 installments over the next 12 years. Bossier City will also spend $3 million and the Northwest Louisiana Council of Government will spend $12 million, paying out annual installments of $1 million over the next 12 years.

The other half of the project will come from Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds (GARVEE). These are special bonds that will be repaid using federal funds expected to be generated in the future.

This project will provide support for over $560 million in Department of Defense investments at Barksdale which include a new weapons storage area, personnel support for that area, and a new gate complex.

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