Mega Projects

What is a Mega Project?

Mega Projects consist of those projects that are too large, complex, or cost more than traditional funding programs allot. They are multijurisdictional or regional projects of significance that may also involve multiple modes of transportation.




Current Projects

The MPO currently identifies the following as regional mega projects:

I-49
LA 3132 (Inner Loop)
Jimmie Davis Bridge
I-69

Mega Projects




I-49

The I-49 Inner City Connector Project is part of the I-49 Corridor which runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. The I-49 Inner City Connector will be a new interstate facility approximately 3.6 miles in length. 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.

The project is currently in the Environmental Phase.


LA 3132 (Inner Loop)

The proposed extension of LA 3132 evolved over a number of years with several studies of the project area. Project needs were developed through a review of existing and projected traffic data, review of transportation plans and prior reports, and discussions with interested stakeholders.

The project is currently in the Environmental Phase awaiting approval of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).



Jimmie Davis Bridge

The Louisiana Highway 511 (LA 511) Jimmie Davis Bridge over the Red River connects the high growth areas of south Bossier City and South Shreveport. LA 511 is a 5-lane facility on both sides of the river and connects to the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway in Bossier and the Clyde Fant Parkway in Caddo, each providing high capacity north-south movements to the downtown – riverfront areas. The current bridge is a 2-lane facility with design capacity of 11,500 vehicles per day. Streetlight data analysis for September of 2021 yields an average daily traffic of 35,524.

The project received a Finding of No Significant Impact and advanced to LaDOTD issuing a Notice of Intent requesting Letters of Interest on 09/13/2022 from design-builders.



I-69

Interstate 69 (I-69) is a proposed Interstate Highway that will pass through the northwestern part of Louisiana from Logansport to intersecting with I-49 near Stonewall, then head north to the east of Shreveport to skirt along the southern and eastern edges of Barksdale Air Force Base. It will then intersect with I-20 near Haughton, then turn northeast and pass Minden, Haynesville, and Shongaloo.

Interstate 69 is comprised of three Sections of Independent Utility (SIU) through Louisiana - SIU 14, 15, and 16.

SIU 14 extends form US 82 near El Dorado AR to I-20 near Haughton LA. SIU 14 Record of Decision (ROD)
SIU 15 extends from I-20 near Haughton LA to US 171 in Stonewall LA. SIU 15 Record of Decision (ROD)
SIU 16 is in Preliminary Environmental Phase it extends from US 171 in Stonewall LA to US 59 near Tenaha TX.

I-69 Connector (I-69 SIU 15 Service Road) The I-69 Connector, will provide system linkage between the Caddo-Bossier Port and Interstate 49 (I-49) trough 7 miles of improvements to existing roads and 4 miles of newly constructed road. This project originated from a select segment of the I-69 service roadway which was included in the ROD for I-69 SIU 15.