INTERSTATE 49 NORTH
INTERSTATE 49 NORTH. Interstate 49 North (I-49 North)
references an approximately 36 mile segment of Interstate 49 currently
being constructed from Interstate 220 in north Shreveport near
North Market Street (Louisiana 1) to the Arkansas State Line.
Once completed and connected with Arkansas 549
(which shall be designated as Interstate 49 upon the completion
of this construction project) near Doddridge, commuters and distributors
will have the ability to travel from north Shreveport to Texarkana
(a distance of approximately 70 miles) within an hour or less.
Given the facility of transporting various goods and services
via America's Interstate Highway System, it is believed that the economic
benefit to the economies of northwest Louisiana, southwest Arkansas,
northeast Texas, and southeast Oklahoma (also known as the Ark-La-Tex
or Four States region) shall be tremendous, for nearly 33 percent of
continental United States is located within a single day's drive of
this region. Consequently, upon the scheduled completion of the
expressway (tentatively slated for 2016) corporate distributors
may seek to establish various locations throughout the region as
they seek to reduce their perpetually increasing transportation
expenses which have resulted primarily as a consequence of both
the Great Recession; and, of the recent increase in the global
demand for fossil fuels.
Bibliography: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
(DOTD). "I-49 North". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). Accessed on February 21, 2013.
"Construction Company Wins Bid for Section J of I-49 Corridor". KTBS. January 7, 2013.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style,
15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.
Fermand Garlington, "INTERSTATE 49 NORTH" Handbook of North Louisiana Online
. Published by LSU-Shreveport.