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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.

Fermand Garlington

Bibliography: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). "I-49 North". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). Accessed on February 21, 2013. http://www.dotd.la.gov/administration/public_info/projects/i49north/; Ward,Molly. "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 (http://www…….), accessed …………. Published by LSU-Shreveport.

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