According to Kent Rogers of NLCOG, the legislation granting the development of I-69 has Shreveport included in the bill.
says that is the stage I-69 is in right now.
According to Rogers
, the corridor locations were the most obvious choice, being that there was really nowhere to build inside of Shreveport.
also mentions the Interloop phenomenon, which occurred in cities like Houston and Dallas.
In these cities, he says, outlying expressways allowed for expansion that wouldn't have been possible if they had been built closer to the metro areas.
says the port will play a major part in the area's future as a commerce leader.
In this one area, distributors will have sea, land, air, and rail capability (Union Pacific has plans to redirect their lines to intersect with the port).
"[NLCOG] went to a national commerce meeting last year," Rogers recalls.
"And when we told them we were from Shreveport, they told us, 'You guys are it.' We're talking one-day shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S."
also claims that several businesses, especially from California, have shown interest in coming to the state once the proposed infrastructure is in place.
"One of the things they are drawn to is our cheap and reliable source of power," he
says, referring to a proposed power plant near the port which will produce five times the power the Shreveport area currently consumes.
Congrats to NLCOG on starting Feasibility Study for I-49 Inner-City Connector (3 1/2 vitally important miles)... Appreciation for Kent Rogers and his staff, along with Mayor Cedric Glover.