Loud cheers and applause today, as the ribbon was cut, thus making I-49 a true interstate, now linking Shreveport, Louisiana with Texarkana, Arkansas.
The long overdue I-49 connector, whose vision began some 29 years ago in 1985, became a reality Monday, November 10th, 2014, in the middle of the median at the Louisiana-Arkansas state line, about 5 miles south of the small town of Doddridge, Arkansas.
With gusty winds and a temperature near 65, a crowd of over 100 watched the event unfold under blue skies, as several state and local legislators, along with Department of Highway officials spoke about the historic significance of this date.
Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy lauded the efforts of all those involved to make this section of I-49 finally become a reality.
Louisiana Department of Transportation Secretary Sherri LaBas, and her counterpart, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Director Scott Bennett spoke glowingly about the combined projects coming to fruition.
This audio podcast of the 28-minute ceremony was provided by Tom Pace, “Talk of the Town” radio host & executive editor of www.ShreveTalk.com.