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
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.