Work Begins on I-220 Extension

Posted: Aug 8, 2019, 7:19 PM

Shovels of dirt were turned by Gov. John Bel Edwards and a number of dignitaries a couple of months ago to signal the ceremonial start of the I-220 extension onto Barksdale Air Force Base. On Monday, heavy equipment began clearing a roadway and moving debris by the truckload.

Engineer Bruce Easterly, a consultant for the Bossier Parish Police Jury, told police jury members Wednesday that grubbing and clearing had begun on the south side of Interstate 20. Clearing and grubbing marks the early steps of the $90 million project that will give BAFB an eastern entrance/exit onto I-20.

Easterly said the project has been “…near and dear to this police jury’s heart for years. We’re expecting to begin dirt work in about two to three weeks.” Work on the design/build job is expected to last two to two and a half years.

“We will finally reach our goal of doing the right thing for our partners at Barksdale Air Force Base and getting a safe entrance and exit there,” he added.

Bossier City and Bossier Parish are dedicating $3 million each to the project, and another $12 million is coming from the North Louisiana Council of Governments. Funds from the city and parish will be paid in annual installments of $250,000 for 12 years. NLCOG will pay one million dollars a year for 12 years.

The state came up with the remainder through GARVEE bonds. This project marks the first time Louisiana has used the bonds. James Construction Group, LLC, is the contractor.