Interstate 49 completion expected in summer 2014

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Highway department officials in Arkansas and Louisiana say Interstate 49 from Texarkana, Ark., to Shreveport, La., is expected to be complete during the summer of 2014 - weather permitting.

The 36.25 mile stretch of I-49 will extend from the Arkansas border in southern Miller County to Interstate 220 in Shreveport. The overall project is to connect Kansas City, Mo., with Lafayette, La.

Arkansas Highway Transportation Department district engineer Steve Frisbee told the Texarkana Gazette that the opening of the interstate is near.

The interstate is part of a project to open trade routes when the Panama Canal is widened and deepened to support supertankers traveling to the Gulf Coast for shipment of goods by truck and rail to and from the northern United States.

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