Interstate 220 Louisiana
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
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 4.1
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:2
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.
East End – Bossier City, LA
West End – Shreveport, LA
Mileage – 17.62
Cities – Shreveport, Bossier City
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-220 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2015 – Caddo Parish, 2016 Bossier Parish – LADOTD Estimated Annual Average
Daily Traffic Routine Traffic Counts
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.
East End – Bossier City, Louisiana
West End – – Shreveport, Louisiana
- “New Shreveport I-49, I-220 interchange officially opens.” Shreveport Times (LA), October 17, 2018.
- I0220 over CROSS LAKE,KCS,CSR,LA 17, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. BridgeReports.com
- Kennerson, Anthony. “Re: Question regarding I-220 Shreveport” Online posting, Yahoo Groups – Southeast Roads and Transport, September 14, 2003.
Page updated February 8, 2019.