The Interstate 49 and Interstate 220 connector was years in the making.
“This is something we have been working on for years now,” said Irma Rogers, who works in the Martin Luther King neihborhood. “It means there are other oppurtunities for tourists and for others to stop and see what we have to offer.”
Some residents in the MLK neighborhood are happy for the new connector. But, residents in other areas are not happy about the new route.
“After I-49, nearly no one travels on this way anymore,” said Carol Cason, who owns a business in Myra, Louisiana. “It’s just the local people. Needless to say, our business is way down from what it was.”
Cason has owned Designs by Carol for the past nine years and believes I-49 is the main reason her business profits are down.
“What we’re doing is for memories,” Cason said. “Until I-49 opened, we had a thriving business. We did quilts for people all across the United States because this was the main thorough bred for where people traveled in this area.”