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Feasibility Report Due End of June

June 18, 2012

Kent Rogers, executive director of the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments, said today that he received an update from Buchart Horn, Inc. on Thursday, June 14, and that the Baton Rouge engineering firm expects to have its Stage 0 report completed by the end of the June. The report was given at the MPO Transportation Planning Committee of NLCOG today at Council Chambers at Government Plaza in Shreveport. Attending were Cedric Glover, Chairman, Mayor of Shreveport; Darrell Goza, Louisiana DOTD, District IV; Charles Kirkland, Metropolitan Planning Commission; Eric England, Port of Caddo-Bossier; Lorenz Walker, Mayor of Bossier City; Woodrow Wilson, Caddo Parish Commission, and Kent Rogers, NLCOG Executive Director.

Buchart Horn has asked the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for a two-week response on the report so that public meetings, one hosted by DOTD and one by NLCOG, can be scheduled in a timely manner. Rogers said the week of July 23 is the tentative timetable for the first public meeting. Rogers suggested a third meeting for the MPO to formally accept the Stage 0 report. Some of the suggested locations for the meetings are LSU Shreveport, Port of Caddo-Bossier or an area church.

Regarding the Stage 1 environmental assessment, Rogers has asked Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc., another Baton Rouge engineering firm working on the project, for a generalized task and timeline on having an August 1 “go date” with early January 2014 for the final report. Rogers said, “I’m anticipating getting a FONSI (finding of no significant impact) return.” Mayor Walker asked if the (3132) Coalition has been provided a copy of the report on Stage 1. Rogers said he just received it on Friday but he will supply a report to the public “posting on website and making copies available.”

Mayor Glover asked Rogers about public education on I-69 progress, mentioning that there is a tie-in to the discussion about the extension of Louisiana Highway 3132. Mayor Walker has a three-page summary of the I-69 project, which might help people understand the magnitude of it. Walker said, “It's been designated as a high priority corridor, but it might take 10 to 20 years to complete it.” Rogers said state and national legislators are routinely updated (at least twice a year) about I-49, I-69 and the Inner Loop extension.

In the public comments portion of the agenda, Fred Bailey, a resident at The Oaks of Louisiana, asked the committee if consideration had been given to making 3132 a defense highway. Bailey indicated that his former company was responsible for the acoustic barriers on I-49, but hasn't seen anything referring to 3132 as a defense highway. He said that because Barksdale Air Force Base was a major storage facility for nuclear weapons 3132 was to be part of an evacuation route. He questioned whether that had changed. Mayor Walker responded that the Department of Defense has deactivated the storage of nuclear weapons at Barksdale.

Goza noted that the four-digit designation of Louisiana 3132 is temporary, but it is likely be renamed Interstate-220. Goza says DOTD is currently looking into renaming 3132 to designate it as a continuation of I-220. Goza says at the state level, a 4-digit, 3000 number is always temporary, even though sometimes that temporary status lasts a long time.

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