- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - State highway officials say work on the final segment of Interstate 49 North is underway.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said Wednesday that construction has been divided into two phases for Segment K - a one-mile stretch from Interstate 220 to Martin Luther King Boulevard in Caddo Parish.

Phase one began in May and included clearing land, utility relocation, roadway improvements along Martin Luther King Boulevard, and construction of service roads and bridges. The $31.5 million project was awarded to Best Yet Builders.

The second phase will begin this fall. Construction activities will include the I-49/I-220 interchange structures and the other roadways that will tie into the first phase. The $137.7 million project was awarded to PCL Construction.

The entire $670 million I-49 North Corridor project covers a 36-mile stretch from the Arkansas state line to I-220 in Shreveport.

The department anticipates the completion by 2016 or 2017.

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