Gov. Jindal in Shreveport for section of I-49 opening

Part of I-49 in Caddo Parish is finally open.
It's been years in the making, but a portion of I-49 North is finally open.

Today was the official ribbon cutting for the portion between North Market Street and U.S. Highway 71.

The 18-mile section, which consists of segments E-I, opened this afternoon to drivers.

Section goes from Hosston to Gillam, with four exits.

Governer Bobby Jindal was in town for the ceremony, and he says this marks a time of growth for the entire state of Louisiana.

Jindal says the entire project is a vital cooridor for commerce.

He said not only will I-49 north help the folks here in northwest Louisiana, it'll also mean economic growth for south Louisiana.

"It's also going to benefit our ports in south Louisiana,” says Jindal. “It's going to benefit the entire state, as it connects our state with other states, and even another country. More commerce, more jobs, more investment to our state, certainly northwest Louisiana, but across the entire state."

Segments A-D will open in March.

Crews are currently working on segment J right now, which runs through the MLK neighborhood.

That's expected to be completed in 2015. The last part, segment K, will be completed no later than 2017.
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