Mike Johnson: I-49 Inner-City Connector delayed

The I-49 Inner-City Connector project is looking at a delay of at least 18 months, according to Congressman Mike Johnson, R-Dist. 4. He made the announcement during the Bossier Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Chat Monday.

“DOTD [Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development] has just informed us they are now an estimated 12 months from completing an environmental impact study,” Johnson said.

He added that he estimates a time for public comment would take a minimum of 6 months after the environmental impact study. “We are not expecting a Record of Decision until the end of 2021.”

Johnson said it is important for DOTD and The North Louisiana Council of Governments [NLCOG] to be diligent in completing all necessary tasks, as federal infrastructure investment is possible as part of ongoing stimulus or after the election in 2021.

“We have our partners in Washington ready,” Johnson said.