View Maps. Costing $35.52 million, the 2.4 mile stretch will extend north to the Missouri state line. 05/04/12, Interstate 49 corridor between Lafayette and Alexandria – 1982 Louisiana Official Highway Map, Shreveport inset – 1992 Louisiana Official Highway Map. Take the Harry Guilbeau exit and go to the north bound service road. Here, motorists continue north 15 miles (24 km) of four-lane US 71 with intersections, traffic signals, lower speed limits and congestion before the present northern segment of I-49 begins at Pineville, Missouri. On April 25, 1997, AASHTO denied this proposal, indicating that the lack of connecting routes at the northern end would preclude the route from consideration at that time. This map was created by a user. State money was secured to bridge the 20% funding gap needed for I-49 North, allowing LADOTD to work on seven of 11 proposed freeway segments between Interstate 220 and the state border. Exit 1 completed the movement from the beltway east to I-49 south toward Grandview and Joplin. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03). A half diamond interchange with U.S. 59/71 at the north end of I-49 outside Texarkana, Arkansas will eventually connect with a six to eight mile alignment proposed through Bowie County, Texas. 05/19/14, Auxiliary lanes expand I-49 to six overall lanes between Pont Des Mouton Road (Exit 1C) and the west ramps with Interstate 10 (Exit 1B). L to NGE 209 miles or 336 km [16] On May 31, 2017, a 4.25-mile (6.84 km) portion between LA 3194 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) and LA 1 in Shreveport was opened to northbound traffic, with the section and interchange with I-220 scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. 05/20/14, Three lanes extend north from Interstate 49 to the Allendale and Lakeside residential area while Exit 206 separates into flyovers for I-20 west to Dallas, Texas and east to Monroe. Old U.S. 50 is designated Route 350 between Interstate 470 and I … These projects contribute to the six-lane widening of Interstate 49 (formerly I-540) between Fayetteville and Bentonville. U.S. 49 overlaps with Interstate 220 northward to Exit 5B, traveling 41 miles northward to Yazoo City. 24 design modifications were under study by consultants as of October 2016.43eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'interstate_guide_com-leader-1','ezslot_9',606,'0','0'])); Costs for the I-49 Lafayette Connector were estimated to be around $800 million in 2019. It is proposed to intersect Shreveport in order to connect I-49 at the I-20 interchange with I-49 North in the vicinity of the I-220 interchange. 71 south. [38] As of March 2014, AHTD anticipates completion of this first segment between Highway 72 north and Highway 72 south in spring 2014, and the next section in fall 2014. Much of US 90 between LA 88 and the Wax Lake Outlet bridge west of Patterson is already upgraded to interstate standards, except for an at-grade intersection with LA 318 south of Jeanerette. 05/19/14, Motorists joining Interstate 10 west will reach Lake Charles in 72 miles while I-49/U.S. On the north side of town, motorists may exit I-220 and follow the next segment of I-49, which parallels US 71 into Arkansas. Learn how to create your own. From Page, Arizona (118 miles) and Kanab, Utah (45 miles): US Route 89 North 167 as the freeway crosses the Vermilion River. This pushed back the timetable for completion of the 4.5-mile segment through Alexandria to 1996.36 The section through Alexandria was eventually designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway. January 2003. A ramp stub was incorporated into the flyover taking traffic from I-20 west to I-49 south for the unconstructed freeway north through Allendale and Lakeside. "Future I-49" signage is visible along US 90 and US 90 Bus., although as of 2017, construction has yet to begin. Photo taken by Eric Stuve (12/17/02). Even though I-49 isn’t a completed interstate, there are still some great attractions along the three portions of it. Opelousas, leftover from the original divided highway taking U.S. 167 north, was retained on subsequent sign replacements. Chamber of Commerce representatives from along the corridor discussed the final stages of completing I-49 in June 2016. 2.7 miles of roadway embankment, two overpasses and four box culverts for the new freeway were completed in Fall 2011.19 Additional work on the Chaffee Crossing section of I-49 added an interchange at AR 22 (Rogers Avenue) and diamond interchanges at Massard Road and Roberts Boulevard as part of the overall $57.65-million, seven-mile stretch of freeway. Photo by J.P. Nasiatka (05/31/19). Subject: Re: Question about High Priority Corridor 1 (U.S. 71), “Bruce R. Watkins Drive nears end of long, bumpy road to – completion.”, Chip Kelley, personal email dated 11/29/04 and “I-49 awaits bill windfall: Arkansas leg of highway needs $1.5 billion.”. a parkway which directly connects the I-70 / I-670 interchange in downtown Kansas City, as well as the I-35 / I-29 / I-70 interchange just to the north, to south Kansas City and I-435, I-470 and I-49. 01/12/96, When this footage was shot, Interstate 49 was not complete in Alexandria nor in most of Shreveport. Interstate 49 from Shreveport to Kansas City is part of High Priority Corridors 1 and 72: North-South Corridor, while the future section between New Orleans and Lafayette is part of High Priority Corridor 37: U.S. 90. Installing around 1,200 signs for I-49, the project commenced on February 1, 2012 at a cost of $3.5-million. From the east or west, take I-435 and exit southbound on Route 71 (Interstate 49). [29] Many neighborhood associations in Kansas City have historically objected to upgrading Watkins Drive to a freeway. Within Lafayette Parish, construction for an interchange along U.S. 90 at Ambassador Caffery (LA 3073) started in Summer 2014. Between Natchitoches and Shreveport, I-49 travels between LA 1 and US 171 and has junctions with US 371 and US 84, connecting with Coushatta and Mansfield, respectively. and is also concurrent with portions of US 167 and LA 28. I-29 merges with U.S. Highway 71. The original 208-mile stretch runs north from Lafayette to Shreveport, where it ties into I-20 southwest of Downtown. Take Exit 131 (I-40 West/BUS 85 South). Follow the signs downtown to stay on Highway 71 South. Continuing northwest from Alexandria, I-49 parallels the Red River and LA 1 through Boyce and passes just west of the historic city of Natchitoches, which is reached via LA 6 at exit 138. Find nearby businesses, restaurants and hotels. A set of J-turns with Chalmette Drive precedes the ramps for Interstate 10 at Exits 1A/B. Total costs within Louisiana were estimated to be $2.3 billion, with the state covering 20% of the expense.3. 167 is the second of four interchanges along Interstate 10 east within the city limits of Lafayette. [30] MoDOT has gone on record stating a court order keeps them from removing the stoplights, making conversion of this stretch unlikely. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03). Leading north from Fort Smith to the Bella Vista bypass, Interstate 540 (built as AR 540) was redesignated as I-49 per approval by AASHTO on October 21, 2013. Thousands of bushes and trees, attractive landscaping and decorative bridges were incorporated into the route as part of the court decision in 1985.6 With the parkway design, it is unlikely that Bruce Watkins Drive will ever be incorporated into Interstate 49. Explore! [34], A temporary designation of Highway 549 had been assigned to I-49 between US 71 north of Texarkana and Doddridge, 5 miles (8.0 km) from the state line. project location map interstate 49 highway 22 to i-40 alma kibler.... ..... ..... central city van buren fort smith barling c r a w f or d c unty s e b a s t i a n county How the mileposts and the exits will be numbered once the Interstate returns to Arkansas have yet to be determined. Official MapQuest website, find driving directions, maps, live traffic updates and road conditions. Coupled with right of way purchases and utility costs, the Arkansas River bridge is expected to cost more than $235.4 million. After crossing US 167, I-49 travels between US 71 and US 165 into the Alexandria metropolitan area in central Louisiana. Future I-49 was approved from Lafayette to I-310 at Boutte by AASHTO’s Route Numbering Subcommittee on November 6, 1998. Turn left (west) off of the exit onto Austin BLVD. With a potential interchange added at Tiffany and Lipari Streets in Patterson, frontage roads will connect the cross roads. Not all residents sided with this progress, as many near the projected path of the freeway feared impacts to developed and mostly poor neighborhoods nearby. The southern portion is a fantastic place for favorite southern foods such as Po-Boys and Southern Fried Chicken. This work covered a stretch of roadway between AR 72 west of Hiwasse and AR 72 southeast of Hiwasse.20 Work on the $19.8-million contract wrapped up on April 22, 2014.27. I-44 is not one of the longest interstates, but still tallies an impressive 633 miles as it makes its way from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to St. Louis, Missouri. Signs installations from earlier in 2012 allocated space for Interstate 49. Optimistic officials at the time pursued opening the new 6.6-mile section of future Interstate 49 in 2010, if not 2009.9, LADOTD later anticipated having most of Interstate 49 North, from LA 1 (Segment I) to LA 168 south of the Arkansas state line (Segment A), open and signed as I-49 by November 2013.25 This included a temporary end at LA 168 that awaited completion of the Arkansas section from Highway 549 southward, which was projected for May 2014. Additional stretches of the Interstate 49 in Louisiana were dedicated by Governor Edwin Edwards on May 14, 1992 at the U.S. 167 interchange south of Alexandria. The I-49 designation carries through the Three Trails Crossing (aka the Grandview Triangle) interchange to guide motorists onto US 71 north of I-435 and terminates north of I-435 and south of Bannister Road (Route W) around the 190.0 mile marker. A Supplemental EIS is ongoing for that segment to finalize these changes. Work commenced on I-49 in Louisiana in April 1980, and the first portion opened was a six-mile segment from U.S. 190 east of Opelousas in September 1983.32 An 18-mile section of I-49 was dedicated on October 13, 1987 within Natchitoches Parish between LA 174 and LA 6.33 That was followed by the completion on March 1, 1989, of a nine mile link in DeSoto Parish, from LA 175 to LA 509.33 Another 35 miles debuted to travelers between Washington and Meeker on May 15, 1989, a few weeks beyond the planned April 22nd opening.34. 05/20/14, Interstate 49/U.S. Funding and construction for the roadway will be divided into sections that will open to traffic prior to the project’s completion.47eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'interstate_guide_com-banner-1','ezslot_2',131,'0','0'])); The gap between the separate segments of Interstate 49 in Shreveport was addressed by cosigning I-49 along side I-20 and I-220. 05/20/14, A two lane flyover (Exit 17B) parts ways with I-20 west for Interstate 49 south. Exit 101 departs first for LA 182 (North University Avenue). It is planned to be a six-lane elevated freeway, mostly utilizing the Evangeline Thruway corridor, except for a segment paralleling the BNSF/Union Pacific railroad line in order to serve the downtown area. I-49 begins in Pineville. The 6.36-mile portion was built at a cost of $52.6-million.31 It was completed in May 2017.49, State officials announced the start of construction for the final section of the Bella Vista Bypass at a ground breaking ceremony held on October 15, 2019. 05/20/14, Embedded within the four-level interchange at I-49 are local ramps with Linwood Avenue and Lakeshore Drive. I-49 is planned to follow the general route of US 71 through the state between Interstates 30 and 40. Approximately 3.6 miles in length, if constructed the Connector will continue I-49 north from I-20 along Peter Harris Drive to Ford Street and then northwesterly along Twelvemile Bayou to I-220. [44], On May 10, 2017, a 6.4 mile (10.3 km) segment of the bypass between the existing 5 mile segment near Hiwasse, Arkansas and a new temporary roundabout interchange with I-49 and US 71 near Bentonville, Arkansas opened after three years of construction, and costing over $50 million to complete. Exit 104 opened to traffic on August 29, 2003 to both spur economic development and provide a better access to I-10 from Lafayette. From the north or south, travel Route 71 and take the Blue Ridge Boulevard exit. The motion allowed for funding to commence on the planned five-mile, $350 million viaduct between Interstate 10 and Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT). [13][14] The remaining portions running through the urban centers of Alexandria and Shreveport required a much greater expenditure of time and funding. It passes through several smaller communities before reaching Neosho shortly before Joplin. Construction also included expanding I-220 between LA 173 (Hilry Huckaby III Avenue) and U.S. 71 (N Market Street). Completion is anticipated by mid 2020. Groundbreaking for the first phase (Segment B) of the Interstate 49 North corridor took place north of Mira at the intersection of Parish Road 16 and Parish Road 25 on Thursday, April 7, 2005. The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is currently reviewing funding options for Interstate 49 between Texarkana north to Fort Smith. ARDOT 2017 Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates [6] The mileage was gained from mileage released from other highways the states did not build as well as 153 miles (246 km) from a supplemental reserve. [57] From Wax Lake to the Atchafalaya River bridge at Morgan City, US 90 is a four-lane divided at-grade expressway. In the Lafayette area, the project is divided into two projects, the I-49 Lafayette Connector and the upgrade of US 90 from Lafayette Regional Airport to the LA 88 interchange. Westbound Interstate 20 at the same interchange for Interstate 220 & U.S. 49 north (Exit 41). I-49 dog legs west along side I-20, 5.3 miles to I-220, which it joins six miles northeast to North Shreveport. When completed, this will complete the gap and a four-lane freeway will be open from southwest Missouri to western central Arkansas. The Kansas City beltway west references Wichita for the connection with I-35 south in Lenexa, Kansas. [24], The US 71 upgrade involved removing all at-grade intersections and constructing interchanges and overpasses at 15 sites between Harrisonville and Lamar. Do more with Bing Maps. Work commenced in 2010 on a section of Future Interstate 49 between County Route 8 and AR 22 in the Fort Smith / Fort Chaffee area. Southbound motorists continue through the interchange onto the Evangeline Thruway, which transitions from a limited-access portion of US 167 to a major divided thoroughfare that picks up the US 90 corridor heading through the heart of Lafayette. 05/19/14, Hurricane Evacuation trailblazers are posted along Interstate 49 from Lafayette northward all the way to Shreveport. Representative Tom Pitre of Wisconsin indicated that the House was drafting a $375 billion, six-year proposal that would allocate Louisiana $4.28 billion to help pay for Interstate 49 within the state. The auxiliary lanes departs for I-435 north toward Raytown, Independence and I-35 for Des Moines, Iowa. Find nearby businesses, restaurants and hotels. [39] Design work is complete for the roadway project, and is anticipated to be complete in 2015 for the interchange. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03). ARDOT also announced the start of work on a $66.59 million project converting the roundabout joining AR 549 with U.S. 71 in Bentonville into a single point interchange. Prior to the construction of the Louisiana Avenue ramps, a two mile sign was posted for Interstate 49 north and U.S. 167 on I-10 west. “Interstate 49 extends leg into Pelican State: Louisiana official suggests gas tax hike to pay for road,”, “Toll road on Bella Vista bypass moving forward.”, “MoDOT completes four interchanges as part of upgrading U.S. 71 to interstate status.”, “U.S. [26], Most of the 10.2-mile corridor, constructed between 1990[27] and 2001, was built to Interstate standards. “I-49 Opening ‘Finally Here,’ FCRA Boss Says.”, “Explosions Clear Way For Bella Vista Bypass.”. As for any future upgrade, a MoDOT blog post says "Ample right of way was acquired to someday allow MoDOT to reconstruct the three signal-controlled, at-grade intersections to grade-separated interchanges, allowing traffic on Bruce R. Watkins Drive to flow unimpeded. ARDOT 2017 Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates, MoDOT 2016 Traffic Volume and Commercial Vehicle County Map, Interstate 49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day, AHTD Advertises First Bella Vista Bypass Project. [40] Since design work had been completed prior to passing the measure, AHTD was able to let the segment between Highway 72 and US 71B in February 2014 as the first job of the Connecting Arkansas Program. follows the Westbank Expressway through Westwego, Gretna, and Algiers. The two routes overlap southward 138 miles to I-44. CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — The accident on Interstate 49 North inside the Bobby Hopper Tunnel is now cleared, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation. From the South off Interstate 49 From I-49 heading north, take the 1st Nevada Exit (Nevada/Camp Clark). State engineers presented two alignments for the eventual route in 1964. Considered for I-49 in Louisiana was the creation of a 36-mile portion of freeway between Shreveport and the Arkansas state line, and the upgrade of U.S. 90 between Lafayette and New Orleans to Interstate standards. Alexandria lies 123 miles to the southeast. [33], As of early 2019, funding was secured to complete the gap, in both Arkansas and Missouri. It is up to the citizens, who must raise the issue again through the court system to amend the class-action agreement."[31]. Various state highways provide access to the small towns and cities located along the parallel US 71 and US 167 corridors, such as Lebeau, Ville Platte, Bunkie, and Cheneyville. 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