Interstate 220 (Louisiana) Article

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Interstate 220 marker

Interstate 220
I-220 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Louisiana DOTD
Length17.62 mi [1] (28.36 km)
Existed1971 (signed)
1991 (completed)–present
Major junctions
West end I-20 / LA 3132 in Shreveport
 
East end I-20 in Bossier City
Location
Parishes Caddo, Bossier
Highway system
  • Louisiana Highway System
I-210 LA 300

Interstate 220 (I-220) in Louisiana is an east–west bypass route around Shreveport, Louisiana in the northwestern corner of the state. It runs 17.62 miles (28.36 km) from I-20 and LA 3132 in Shreveport to a second interchange with I-20 in Bossier City. [1] [2] The highway serve as a northern bypass of the downtown area for through traffic traveling on I-20, and with LA 3132, the highway helps to carry through traffic between the two currently disconnected portions of I-49, the area's main north–south route.

Route description

I-220 begins at an interchange with I-20 and LA 3132 near Shreveport Regional Airport in western Shreveport. From here, the highway heads northeast towards and crosses Cross Lake. The highway continues northeast through northern Shreveport, where it has a currently partially opened interchange with I-49. At an interchange with US 71, the highway curves east before crossing the Red River near Shreveport Downtown Airport. East of the Red River, I-220 enters Bossier City and continues east through its northern areas before curving south at Shed Road. The highway ends at an interchange with I-20 at the southwest corner of the Louisiana Downs racetrack.

History

Together, I-220 and LA 3132 were both planned together as a full loop of Shreveport. However, because of Barksdale Air Force Base being in the way of the proposed route of the southeast quadrant, the two highways were both split into their respective designations and LA 3132 being truncated.

The first segment of I-220 was completed and signed in 1971, and the entire highway was completed in 1991.

Future

There have been proposals to extend the highway eastward over the Red River and then northward to complete the loop by reaching Interstate 20, but Barksdale Air Force Base is in the way of a direct route to join up with the beginning of I-220.[ citation needed] Aerial imagery shows ramp stubs for a possible extension southward from its eastern terminus with I-20. [3]

There are five options currently in contention for closing the gap in I-49 in Shreveport. Four of these options involve the construction of a new alignment extending from the existing I-49/I-20 interchange to the I-49/I-220 interchange currently under construction. This direct connection, known as the Inner City Connector, is controversial due to its path being projected through a residential neighborhood, which would necessitate the displacement of many of its residents. The fifth option involves routing through traffic via the existing LA 3132 and I-220 alignments after necessary improvements to those highways are carried out. [4] [5] [6]

Exit list

ParishLocationmi [2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Caddo Shreveport0.0–
0.6
0.0–
0.97
1B–C I-20 / LA 3132 east to I-49 south – Dallas, Monroe, AlexandriaWestern terminus of I-220 and LA 3132; signed as exit 1B to Dallas and 1C to Monroe; I-20 exit 11
1.1–
1.5
1.8–
2.4
1AJefferson Paige RoadEastbound to US 79/ 80; Jefferson Paige Road is PR 18 (not signed)
2.1–
2.6
3.4–
4.2
2Lakeshore Drive
Shreveport3.1–
5.0
5.0–
8.0
Bridge over Cross Lake
5.0–
5.4
8.0–
8.7
5 LA 173 (Blanchard Road)
6.5–
7.4
10.5–
11.9
6 I-49 north – Texarkana
7.5–
8.2
12.1–
13.2
7A–B US 71 / LA 1 – Shreveport, TexarkanaSigned as exit 7A to Shreveport and 7B to Texarkana
CaddoBossier
parish line
8.3–
8.9
13.4–
14.3
Bridge over Red River
Bossier Bossier City10.8–
11.3
17.4–
18.2
11 LA 3 (Benton Road) – Benton, Bossier City
11.7–
12.3
18.8–
19.8
12 LA 3105 (Airline Drive) – Bossier City
13.6–
14.2
21.9–
22.9
13Swan Lake Road
14.7–
15.7
23.7–
25.3
15Shed Road
16.7–
16.9
26.9–
27.2
17A US 79 / US 80 (East Texas Street) – Racetrack
17.4–
18.0
28.0–
29.0
17B I-20 – Shreveport, MonroeEastern terminus; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed as exit 17B to I-20 west (no exit number for I-20 east); I-20 exit 26
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Staff (October 31, 2002). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google (July 14, 2013). "Overview Map of I-220" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Google (October 4, 2014). "Location of I-220/I-20 Interchange, with Ramp Stubs" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Warner, Doug (February 25, 2015). "Filling the Gap: Will I-49 go through Shreveport, or around?". Shreveport: KSLA-TV. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Warner, Doug (March 21, 2015). "CC to DC: I-49 inner city connector "It's a no brainer"". Shreveport: KSLA-TV. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "I-49 Inner-City Connector–Shreveport". I-49 Inner-City Connector–Shreveport. 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2015.

External links

Route map:

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