The $71.8 million I-20/I-220 Barksdale Air Force Base Interchange project will provide a roadway with new access to the military installation extending southward from the existing interstate interchange in Bossier City.
The purpose of the project, which has been listed as a priority for several decades but never had adequate funding or environmental clearance until now, is to deliver a brand new entrance into BAFB that doesn’t contend with having to cross a railroad track. It will also serve to greatly enhance security, with all commercial deliveries eventually using the new gate.
Currently, all other entrances into the base are blocked if a train is on the track, creating significant traffic congestion and an overall inconvenience for those attempting to access or exit the base.
The project is vital to the continued successful operation of BAFB, which is one of the largest military installations in the country. It will also pave the way for the base to proceed with planned improvements and developments of its own that will be accessed via the new entrance.
The new access road and gate will also take into account projected population growth and increased traffic counts, improving access times for Barksdale employees and their families and providing easier commutes to schools and other local attractions. BAFB is one of the largest employers in the Shreveport-Bossier City metro area, employing over 6,600 active duty and reservist military personnel, along with another 5,100 employed civilians and contractors.
Once complete, the interchange and access project will promote an improved quality of life for base residents and employees, along with modernized transportation security measures for BAFB’s mission. The project is estimated to be completed in fall 2021.