Interstate 69 in Louisiana
|Length:||100 mi (161 km)|
|Status:||In design; environmental studies complete (Segments 14 and 15). Pending start of Tier II environmental study (Segment 16).|
|South end:||I-69 / US 84 at Texas state line|
|North end:||I-69 at Arkansas state line|
In Louisiana, I-69 will pass near Shongaloo, Haynesville, and Minden in north Louisiana. It will then turn southwest, intersecting I-20 near Haughton in Bossier Parish and then head south of Shreveport, skirting along the eastern and southern edges of Barksdale Air Force Base. I-69 will then turn more westerly, intersect I-49 near Stonewall in DeSoto Parish, north of Mansfield and head for the Texas state line. Among officials working for this route was Mayor Dennis Freeman of Logansport in DeSoto Parish, who served from 1984 until his death in 2007.
I-69 has been divided into a number of sections of independent utility (SIUs).
From I-20 near Haughton, Louisiana, I-69 will probably be built on a new alignment towards Haynesville. From Haynesville, the freeway will enter Arkansas and run northeast to U.S. Route 82 (US 82) west of El Dorado.
SIU 15 continues around the south and east sides of the Shreveport area, crossing I-49 and ending at I-20 near Haughton. The project would provide a divided, four-lane, limited-access highway on new location between US 171 near the Town of Stonewall in DeSoto Parish, and I-20 near the Town of Haughton in Bossier Parish, a distance of approximately 35 miles (56 km). The project Study Area encompasses portions of Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto parishes.
As well as covering the part in Texas northeast of Nacogdoches, SIU 16 also extends into Louisiana, ending at US 171 near Stonewall. Texas is leading the environmental studies on Segment 16, with support from Louisiana for the portion within that state. Originally envisioned to be incorporated into the Trans-Texas Corridors, the Tier I Environmental Impact Statement was approved and a Record of Decision was issued in 2010 favoring the "No-Build" option that abandoned the Trans-Texas Corridor concept in lieu of upgrading existing US and state routes in the corridor. Texas and Louisiana have not yet started Tier II studies for Segment 16.
- Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department; Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. "Interstate 69 Shreveport to El Dorado". Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Retrieved August 2007. Check date values in:
- "I-69: Shreveport-Memphis". Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. "I-69, SIU 15 Project Site". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Archived from the original on August 30, 2007. Retrieved August 2007. Check date values in:
- Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (n.d.). "Project Overview: Why A New Highway?". Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012.
- "I-69 in LA (and LA 3132/Shreveport Inner Loop Extension)". Retrieved October 4, 2014.[self-published source?]
- Media related to Interstate 69 in Louisiana at Wikimedia Commons