Interstate 220 Louisiana

Routing

Providing both a bypass for I-20 around Shreveport and Bossier City and part of the link between I-49 north to Texarkana, Arkansas and south to Alexandria, Interstate 220 is a 17 mile long loop. The freeway branches north from I-20 and LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway) and spans Cross Lake to I-49 in North Shreveport. I-220 turns east at U.S. 71 and crosses the Red River ahead of a retail corridor in north Bossier City. Eastern reaches of the freeway loop serve an array of industrial parks, subdivisions and Harrah's Louisiana Downs Casino And Racetrack.

The systems interchange joining Interstate 220 with I-49 North Segment K2 at North Shreveport was completed on October 17, 2018. The exchange officially opened to traffic following a celebration attended by Governor John Bel Edwards and several state and local officials. Construction on Segment K2 started in 2014. The $142 million project included rebuilding I-220 and adding auxiliary lanes between Exit 5 (LA 173 / Hilry Hickaby III Avenue) and Exit 7A (U.S. 71 / North Market Street).1

History

The last section of Interstate 220 completed was the over Cross Lake in 1988. Topping out at 24.6 feet, the span extends 10,230 feet between Exits 2 and 4.2

Interstate 220 and Louisiana 3123 (Inner Loop Expressway) were originally planned to form a complete beltway encircling Shreveport and Bossier City. Anthony Kennerson posted on the Southeast Roads and Transport group in 2003 that the belt route was to be:3

a full loop with the eastern quadrant slicing through property of Barksdale Air Force Base and crossing the Red River about a mile south of the existing Jimmie Davis (LA 518) Bridge. More than likely, both lack of cash and the difficulties with negotiating with the US Air Force regarding using ROW from Barksdale contributed to cutting the full loop short.

Interstate 220 was shown on some American Automobile Association (AAA) maps from the 1980s extending south and then east to meet then-proposed I-49 along the Inner Loop Expressway. The freeway loop between I-20 and LA 523 (Flournoy Lucas Road) was eventually constructed as state highway 3132.

Highway Guides

Western Terminus - Interstate 20 and Louisiana 3132 - Shreveport, Louisiana
Perspective from Interstate 220 west
U.S. 79 & 80 navigate across the exchange joining Interstate 220 west with I-20 and LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway). Exit 1C follows their overpass for I-20 east back into Shreveport as I-220 west transitions to the Inner Loop Expressway east, four miles ahead of Interstate 49. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Perspective from Interstate 20 east
Two lanes partition from Interstate 20 east for both I-220 to I-49 north for Texarkana and LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway) for I-49 south to Alexandria. Photo taken 09/07/09.
Perspective from Interstate 20 west
I-20 advances 0.75 miles west from the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with Monkhouse Drive to Interstate 220 and Louisiana 3132 east. Photo taken 05/20/14.
A distributor roadway (Exit 11) separates from I-20 west in a quarter mile for the Inner Loop Expressway south to I-49 and I-220 north over Cross Lake. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Prior to six lane expansion of I-20 west of I-220/LA 3132, a lane drop occurred at Exit 11. Photo taken 05/20/14.
I-220 connects with I-49 North in six miles. The freeway link between Shreveport and Texarkana was completed on October 17, 2018. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 20 - Bossier City, Louisiana
Perspective from Interstate 220 east
Interstate 220 curves southeast and meets U.S. 79/80 adjacent to Harrah's Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack just ahead of I-20. Photo taken 09/07/09.
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 17A) with U.S. 79/80 on I-220 east. U.S. 79/80 parallel I-20 to the north between Red Chute and Bossier City. Photo taken 09/07/09.
All remaining traffic along I-220 eastbound shifts onto the ramps for I-20 beside a roadway stub. Photo taken 09/07/09.
The westbound on-ramp to Bossier City and Shreveport is Exit 17B while the ramp for I-20 east to Minden, Ruston and Monroe defaults as the Interstate 220 mainline. Photo taken 09/07/09.
Perspective from Interstate 20 west
Interstate 20 passes between the unincorporated community of Red Chute and Flag Lake in Barksdake AFB ahead of the split with I-220 at Exit 26. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03).
Exit 26 is the first of 16 interchanges for the Bossier City and Shreveport vicinity. Downtown Shreveport is another eight miles to the west via I-20. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/18/02).
Grading for a c/d roadway and loop ramps appear along the north side of I-20 for the unconstructed extension of I-220 south beyond this overhead. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (01/18/02).
Perspective from Interstate 20 east
Interstate 20 runs along an industrial area on the two mile approach to I-220 (Exit 26) west in Bossier City. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Exit 26 is the last Shreveport area interchange along I-20 eastbound. The freeway proceeds along the north side of Barksdale Air Force Base another seven miles from I-220 to Louisiana 157 near Fillmore. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Interstate 220 arcs west back through Bossier City while I-20 travels 90 miles east to Monroe. Photo taken 05/20/14.
Stubs and grading were built into the exchange with Interstate 220 for the unbuilt extension south into Barksdale AFB. Photo taken 05/20/14.

Sources:

  1. "New Shreveport I-49, I-220 interchange officially opens." Shreveport Times (LA), October 17, 2018.
  2. I0220 over CROSS LAKE,KCS,CSR,LA 17, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. BridgeReports.com
  3. Kennerson, Anthony. "Re: Question regarding I-220 Shreveport" Online posting, Yahoo Groups - Southeast Roads and Transport, September 14, 2003.

Page Updated February 8, 2019.



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Mileage
State Louisiana
Mileage 17.62
Cities Shreveport, Bossier City
Junctions I-20, I-49
Source: December 31, 2017 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-220 Louisiana Annual Average Daily Traffic
Location AADT Composite
Exits 1B to 1A 65,325
Exits 1A to 2 65,422
Exits 2 to 5 65,542
Exits 5 to 7 68,233
Exits 7 to 11 43,841
Exits 11 to 12 35,138
Exits 12 to 13 38,422
Exits 16 to 17A 26,864
Exits 17A to 17B 26,639
Source: 2015 - Caddo Parish, 2016 Bossier Parish - LADOTD Estimated Annual Average Daily Traffic Routine Traffic Counts