I-49 North construction closer to completion

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/16 2014 04:49PM

Updated 07/16 2014 04:51PM

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Wednesday that work on Segment K, the final segment of I-49 North, is underway.

Segment K is a one-mile stretch from I-220 to Martin Luther King Blvd. in Caddo Parish.

Construction has been divided into two phases. Phase one, which began in May 2014, includes clearing land, utility relocation, roadway improvements along Martin Luther King Boulevard, and construction of service roads and bridges. The $31.5 million project was awarded to Best Yet Builders.

The second phase will begin this fall. Construction activities will include the I-49/I-220 interchange structures and the other roadways that will tie into Phase 1.  The $137.7 million project was awarded to PCL Construction.

The entire $670 million I-49 North Corridor project covers a 36-mile stretch from the Arkansas State line to I-220 in Shreveport. DOTD anticipates the completion of the I-49 North Corridor by 2016/2017.

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