Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Sec. Shawn Wilson of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) joined James Construction Group, LLC in signing a contract to build a new access road into Barksdale Air Force Base from the I-20/I-220 interchange in Bossier Parish. The 2.5-year project will construct a new road that extends southward from the I-220/I-20 interchange into the base, eliminating current safety concerns associated with railroad crossings and congestion at other base entrance points.

“Congratulations to everyone who made this possible,” said Gov. Edwards. “I know that a lot of hard work went using GARVEE Bonds for the first time in the state's history. In January of 2018 I announced our intention to complete this decades-old project that had not received any necessary clearances, and today we have finalized the contract. This is one of many important projects we are advancing to put the people of Louisiana first. This is going to make a major difference to the Barksdale Air Force Base, residents, and commuters in Northwest Louisiana, and the state’s economy.”  

“This is one of the most significant steps in arriving at the point of turning dirt on a project,” said DOTD Sec. Dr. Shawn Wilson. “This project is of particular importance to the community because this new gate will transform the way commercial deliveries enter Barksdale Air Force Base, vastly improving security and traffic congestion.” 

This project and two other significant infrastructure projects are being funded through the state’s first issuance of GARVEE bonds, which are special bonds that will be repaid over 12 years using federal funds allocated to Louisiana. 

A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the project is scheduled for May 14, 2019. 

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