Interstate 220 Louisiana

Interstate 220 Louisiana
History
East End
West End

Overview

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

Interstate 49 was formally routed along side both I-220 west from North Shreveport to I-20/LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway), and on I-20 east from I-220 to the four level interchange with I-49 at Pete Harris Drive/Allen Avenue by action of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on May 21, 2019. The cosigning of I-49 along both I-20 and I-220 provides route continuity between the separate sections leading into Shreveport.

Work on the I-220/I-20 Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) Interchange Access Project broke ground on May 15, 2019.4 Funded in part with GARVEE bonds, and contributions from Bossier City, Bossier Parish and the North Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG),5 $90 million in construction adds a new roadway that will provide an eastern entrance into BAFB, and open up previously inaccessible areas for development. Anticipated completion of the access road, new BAFB gate and the interchange modification at I-20 is Fall 2021.4

History

The last section of Interstate 220 completed was the bridge 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 LA 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.

Route Information

  • East End – Bossier City, LA

  • West End – Shreveport, LA

  • Mileage – 17.62

  • Cities – Shreveport, Bossier City

  • JunctionsI-20 I-49

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

Shreveport, LA - 1979

Interstate 220 was shown on some American Automobile Association (AAA) maps from 1979 into 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

East End I-20 – Bossier City, Louisiana

I-220 east at I-20

I-220 east at I-20 - Bossier City, LA

Interstate 220 curves southeast and meets U.S. 79/80 adjacent to Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack just ahead of I-20. 09/07/09

I-220 east at I-20 - Bossier City, LA

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. 09/07/09

I-220 east at I-20 - Bossier City, LA

All remaining traffic along I-220 eastbound shifts onto the ramps for I-20 beside a roadway stub. 09/07/09

I-220 east at I-20 - Bossier City, LA

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. 09/07/09

I-20 west at I-220

I-20 west at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

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).

I-20 west at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

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).

I-20 west at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

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).

I-20 east at I-220

I-20 east at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

Interstate 20 runs along an industrial area on the two mile approach to I-220 (Exit 26) west in Bossier City. 05/20/14

I-20 east at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

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 LA 157 near Fillmore. 05/20/14

I-20 east at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

Interstate 220 arcs west back through Bossier City while I-20 travels 90 miles east to Monroe. 05/20/14

I-20 east at I-220 - Bossier City, LA

Stubs and grading were built into the exchange with Interstate 220 for the unbuilt extension south into Barksdale AFB. 05/20/14

West End – I-20 I-49 LA 3132 – Shreveport, Louisiana

I-49 south I-220 west at I-20 LA 3132

I-220/49 west at I-20/LA 3132 - Shreveport

I-49/220 angle southwest from Cross Lake to succeeding interchanges with Lakeshore Drive and Jefferson Paige Road. Exit 1B follows at a wye for I-20 west to Dallas, Texas. Photo taken by J.P. Nasiatka (05/31/19).

I-220/49 west at I-20/LA 3132 - Shreveport

Interstate 49 dog legs 5.5 miles east along side I-20 from forthcoming Exit 1C to its alignment south from Shreveport. Photo taken by J.P. Nasiatka (05/31/19).

I-220/49 west at I-20/LA 3132 - Shreveport

Exit 1B departs I-220 west and I-49 south for Interstate 20 to Greenwood, and Marshall, Texas. Photo taken by J.P. Nasiatka (05/31/19).

I-220/49 west at I-20/LA 3132 - Shreveport

U.S. 79/80 navigate across the exchange joining I-49 south / I-220 west with I-20 and LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway). Exit 1C follows for I-20/49 east back into Shreveport as I-220 west transitions to the Inner Loop Expressway. LA 3132 arcs 7.5 miles southeast to a four level interchange with Interstate 49. 05/20/14

I-20 west I-49 north at I-220 LA 3132

I-20/49 west at I-220/LA 3132 - Shreveport, LA

I-20/49 advance 0.75 miles west from the diamond interchange (Exit 13) with Monkhouse Drive to Interstate 220 and LA 3132 east. 05/20/14

I-20/49 west at I-220/LA 3132 - Shreveport, LA

A distributor roadway (Exit 11) separates from I-20 west in a quarter mile for the Inner Loop Expressway south and I-49 north / I-220 east over Cross Lake. 05/20/14

I-20/49 west at I-220/LA 3132 - Shreveport, LA
I-20/49 west at I-220/LA 3132 - Shreveport, LA

Northbound I-49 combines with I-220 east six miles to North Shreveport, where it separates toward Texarkana, Arkansas. The freeway link between Shreveport and Texarkana was completed on October 17, 2018. 05/20/14

I-20 east at I-49 I-220 LA 3132

I-20 east at I-49-220/LA 3132 - Shreveport

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. 09/07/09

I-220 West End Throwback

I-20 west at I-220/LA 3132 - 2003I-20 west at I-220/LA 3132 - 2002

Prior to six lane expansion of I-20 west of I-220/LA 3132, a lane drop occurred at Exit 11. Photos taken by Chris Patriarca (06/20/03) and Jeff Royston (01/18/02).

I-20 west at I-220/LA 3132 - 2003

The distributor roadway for Exit 11 split for I-220 east and LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway) east. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (06/20/03).

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.
  4. “Officials break ground on I-20/I-220 BAFB Interchange project.” Shreveport Times (LA) May 15, 2019.
  5. “Work begins on I-220 extension onto Barksdale Air Force Base.” Shreveport Times (LA) August 9, 2019.

Page updated February 5, 2020.