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New section of I-49 north of Shreveport opens Tuesday

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Governor Bobby Jindal and several members of the state delegation were gathered at Christian Faith Church International in Shreveport for the ribbon cutting of the brand new section of I-49.

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The new on ramp is located less than a mile away from the church, and was opened right after the ribbon cutting Tuesday.

The new section is 18.9 miles long going from North Market Street to Highway 71 in between Hosston and Gilliam.

More than $170 million went into building this stretch of interstate, and it's estimated that more than 10,000 drivers will drive on the new road each day, with that number growing.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting say they are excited about the opportunities the new interstate brings.

Next spring another 11-mile section will open, extending I-49 to the Arkansas state line, with the final completion of the entire project ending in 2016 or 17.

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