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Interstate 20 Eastbound

The Guide to Interstate 20 is split into two pages:

Interstate 20 East
Interstate 20 eastbound at the Exit 10 diamond interchange at Pines Road. Displayed here is the 0.75-mile overhead of Exit 11 (Interstate 220 & Louisiana 3132 east). At present the exit is only signed as "To Alexandria" for the connection with Interstate 49 south. Interstate 220 itself receives no control point in either direction (similar to Interstate 210 at Lake Charles). Photo taken 11/15/03.
Upcoming exit signs posted on the centerline of Interstate 20 eastbound between Exits 10 (Pines Road) and the Exit 11 junction with Interstate 220 & Louisiana 3132 eastbound. A widening project was underway at the time of the photograph. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic to Interstate 220 east & Louisiana 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway) departs Interstate 20 eastbound via the Exit 11 off-ramp. The junction between the two freeways composes a directional cloverleaf with high speed ramps from Interstate 20 east to Louisiana 3132 and from the state highway to Interstate 20 west. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Viewing the Exit 11 partition between the eastbound beginning of Interstate 220 and Louisiana 3132. Interstate 220 provides a 17-mile bypass of the Shreveport and Bossier City urban areas. Louisiana 3132 travels the Inner Loop Expressway southeast to Lucas, acting as a direct conduit for Interstate 49 southbound motorists. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A high speed flyover carries Interstate 20 eastbound motorists onto Interstate 220 east. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The second high speed flyover sees Louisiana 3132 westbound traffic travel overhead to Interstate 20 westbound. It should be mentioned that Louisiana 3132 will become a relocated Interstate 49 in the near future. The north-south Interstate highway is presently under construction from Interstate 220 northward to Texarkana, Arkansas. The freeway will relocate over the Inner Loop Expressway and overlap with Interstate 220 to roughly milepost 5. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Attached to the Inner Loop Expressway mainline overcrossing is the 0.75 mile overhead for Exit 13 (Monkhouse Drive). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Centerline upcoming exit signs are posted with consistency throughout the Shreveport metropolitan area. Pictured here is an assembly situated just east of the Interstate 220 & Louisiana 3132 interchange (Exit 11). Photo taken 10/18/03.

Traffic from the Inner Loop Expressway merges in just before the Exit 13 ramp departure for Monkhouse Drive. Monkhouse Drive serves the terminal of Shreveport Regional Airport. The facility resides to the south of Interstate 20 and east of Louisiana 3132. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 expands to six lanes east of the Interstate 220 & Louisiana 3132 western terminal interchange. Displayed here is the Exit 13 off-ramp for Monkhouse Drive and Shreveport Regional Airport. The interchange of Exit 13 is a standard diamond. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traveling eastbound underneath the Monkhouse Drive overpass at the 1.75-mile guide sign for Exit 14 (Jewella Avenue). Like Monkhouse Drive, Jewella Avenue exists as a north-south surface street between U.S. 79 & 80 (Greenwood Road) and Hollywood Avenue. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound reassurance shield posted after the Exit 13 on-ramp from Monkhouse Drive. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound 0.75 miles out from the Exit 14 diamond interchange. The State Fairgrounds and State Museum Exhibit can be found just east of Jewella Avenue and north of Interstate 20. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Crossing over Broadway Street near the Exit 14 off-ramp for Jewella Street. The freeway sees 35,654 vehicles per day (vpd) through this stretch as recorded during the LADOTD 2000 traffic count. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Exit 14 departs Interstate 20 eastbound. Jewella Avenue overall travels between U.S. 171 (Mansfield Road) and Miliam Street near Cross Lake. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The one-mile guide sign for U.S. 171 (Exit 16A) is posted within the Exit 14 diamond interchange. The federal highway follows Hearne Avenue north of Louisiana 511 (70th Street) and Mansfield Road south of 70th Street. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The centerline upcoming exit signs generally omit the route numbers in lieu of the road name for most exits. The exception to the policy occurs at Exit 11 (Interstate 220 & Louisiana 3132). The diamond interchange of U.S. 171 is one half mile to the east of the assembly. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 sees a two-mile guide sign for the northern terminus of Interstate 49 (Exit 17B) at the Hudson Avenue undercrossing. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Approaching the Exit 16A off-ramp to U.S. 171 (Hearne Avenue). Exit 16A serves the Willis-McKnight (LSU) Medical Center and Shriners Hospital via connections with the Kings Highway. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Eastbound at Exit 16A for U.S. 171 (Hearne Avenue). The intrastate federal highway sees its northern terminus four blocks to the north at the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Greenwood Road (U.S. 78 & 80). The southern terminus is located at the city of Lake Charles (pop. 71,757). Photo taken 10/18/03.
U.S. 79 & 80 (Greenwood Road) travel across the Interstate 20 freeway at Exit 16B just one half mile east of U.S. 171 (Hearne Avenue). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 nears the Exit 16B diamond interchange with U.S. 79 & 80 (Greenwood Road). Greenwood Road becomes Texas Avenue three blocks to the east at the intersection of Mansfield Road. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic merging onto Interstate 20 eastbound from Exit 16A forms the exit-only lane for Exit 16B. Interstate 20 travels over the Kings Highway, an east-west arterial, in this scene. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The northern terminus interchange of Interstate 49 (Exit 17B) is just one mile east of the Kings Highway undercrossing on Interstate 20 east. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound at U.S. 79 & 80 (Greenwood Road). The federal highway pair shadow the freeway between Greenwood (pop. 2,458) and the city of Minden (pop. 13,027) where U.S. 79 departs northward. U.S. 80 remains the companion of Interstate 20 through to Cuba, Alabama. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 curves northward toward the Exit 17A interchange with Lakeshore Drive & Linwood Avenue. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Greenwood Road motorists enter Interstate 20 to compose the exit-only lane of Exit 17A for Lakeshore Drive. Interstate 20 crosses over Marion Street 0.25 miles south of the upcoming diamond interchange. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The Exit 17A off-ramp departs for Lakeshore Drive below. The east-west highway ends nearby at Linwood Avenue to the east. Westward the roadway continues to Cross Lake and the Exit 2 interchange of Interstate 220. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 elevates over Lakeshore Drive, a parallel railroad line, and Cedar Street beyond the Exit 17B off-ramp. An upcoming exit sign displays Pete Harris Drive in place of Interstate 49 as the next departure point. The freeway of Interstate 49 ends to the north of Interstate 20 at Pete Harris Drive and Murphy Street. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The southbound beginning of Interstate 49 departs Interstate 20 eastbound via a four-level stack interchange. A collector/distributor roadway enters the picture as well from Lakeshore Drive (Exit 17A). The only point of interest of Interstate 49 between Shreveport and Opelousas/Lafayette is the control city of Alexandria (pop. 46,342). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound at the Exit 17B gore point of Interstate 49 south and Pete Harris Drive north. The stack interchange unfolds along the horizon. Photo taken 10/18/03.

Views of the stack interchange with Interstate 49 along Interstate 20 eastbound. Original plans were to continue the north-south freeway from Interstate 20 northward to Interstate 220 and Texarkana, Arkansas (pop. 26,448). However, the high costs associated with right of way acquisition and overall community opposition has lead LADOTD to reconsider that option. Therefore when Interstate 49 sees completion from Interstate 220 northward to Texarkana, the designation will relocate from the in-city routing to the Inner Loop Expressway (Louisiana 3132) and the first six miles of Interstate 220 (ala Interstate 26 and its overlap with Interstate 240 at Asheville, North Carolina). The original Interstate 49 between Exits 201 and 206 will likely become an Interstate spur. Photo taken 10/18/03.

Interstate 20 composes the ground level of the Interstate 49 stack interchange. Posted within the interchange along eastbound is an upcoming exits sign featuring Exits 18A, 19A, and 19B. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A myriad of signs guide motorists for the next two off-ramps (Exits 18A & 19A) for the central business district of the city. The downtown area fronts the Red River and the Caddo/Bossier Parish Line. The Red River is the same waterway that provides the border between north Texas and southern Oklahoma. Passing overhead is U.S. 79 & 80 (Texas Avenue). Photo taken 10/18/03.
A railroad line crosses over the six-lane freeway between the Texas and Fairfield Avenue overpasses. Interstate 20 follows a suppressed freeway from Interstate 49 through the Exit 18A partial cloverleaf interchange for Common Street & Line Avenue. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Fairfield and Stoner Avenues intersect overhead as Interstate 20 prepares to yield the Exit 18A off-ramp for Common Street and Line Avenue. The naming convention of Exit 18A involves the same north-south surface street. In other words Line Avenue becomes Common Street at the intersection with Fairfield Avenue just north of the freeway. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 ascends above Christian Street at the Exit 18A ramp departure for Common Street & Line Avenue. The freeway reduces to four overall lanes at the Red River crossing ahead. The two right-hand lanes become exit only for the Exit 19A interchange with U.S. 71 north & Louisiana 1. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The ascension of Interstate 20 continues in anticipation of the upcoming Red River bridge. The interchange with Exit 19A features high speed ramps to U.S. 71 & Louisiana 1 north (Spring Street) and Louisiana 1 south (Market Street). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic from Southern Avenue and Christian Street merges onto Interstate 20 below the Exit 19A U.S. 71 north & Louisiana 1 flyover ramp. Although not in view, the Exit 18A ramps to Common Street and Line Avenue have yet to merge with their associated surface street. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The downtown skyline of Shreveport draws into view along Interstate 20 eastbound near the Spring and Market Street interchange. The city is home to 200,145 residents and a metropolitan area population of 392,302. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The ramps to U.S. 71-Louisiana 1 north & Louisiana 1 southbound partition high above the Interstate 20 mainline below. U.S. 71 and Louisiana 1 follow the one-way couplet of Spring and Market Streets through downtown to Airport Drive. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The diverging ramps of Exit 19A as seen from Interstate 20 eastbound near the Marshall Street undercrossing. An on-ramp from Louisiana Avenue carries Line Avenue motorists onto the freeway ahead. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Eastbound on the Interstate 20 viaduct south of downtown at the one-half mile sign bridge of Exit 19B (Traffic Street). Visible in the background is the Louisiana 1 northbound (Spring Street) flyover to Interstate 20 westbound. Spring Street itself travels the surface below. Photo taken 10/18/03.
U.S. 71 southbound merges onto Interstate 20 to cross the Red River at the Commerce Street undercrossing. The two highways pair together through to Exit 20C (Barksdale Boulevard). Photo taken 10/18/03.
The addition of U.S. 71 to Interstate 20 expands the freeway from four to six lanes for the Red River bridge. Midway across the span is the Bossier City limits (pop. 56,461) and Bossier Parish line. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A loop ramp carries Interstate 20 east & U.S. 71 southbound motorists onto Barksdale Boulevard (Louisiana 72) eastbound for Traffic Street. Louisiana 72 intersects Traffic Street just northeast of the freeway. Westbound motorists see a direct off-ramp to Traffic Street itself. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A diamond interchange provides the second downtown Bossier City area interchange of Interstate 20 & U.S. 71 at Hamilton Road (Exit 20A). The pictured upcoming exits sign posts the mileages for Exits 20A, 20B, and 20C. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 east & U.S. 71 south expand to four lanes with the addition of an auxiliary lane from the Traffic Street on-ramp. Attached to the Exit 20 overhead for Hamilton Road and Isle of Capri Boulevard is a part of reassurance shields for the tandem. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic to Hamilton Road north and Isle of Capri south departs from Interstate 20 & U.S. 71 in this scene. The north-south roadway changes names within the Exit 20A interchange below. Isle of Capri Boulevard travels from the freeway to the Isle of Capri Casino along the banks of the Red River. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The last mainline interchange of the Interstate 20 & U.S. 71 overlap in the eastbound direction is Exit 20B with Louisiana 3 (Benton Road). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 east & U.S. 71 southbound as they near the Exit 20B off-ramp for the Benton Spur Road. Louisiana 3 actually ends nearby at Louisiana 72 (Old Minden Road). The interchange itself links the freeway with a 0.5-mile connector road to Benton Road itself. Photo taken 10/18/03.
U.S. 71 southbound prepares to depart the Interstate 20 freeway via Exit 20C and Barksdale Boulevard. Traffic to Louisiana 3 north and Benton Road leaves via a high speed flyover to the right. Louisiana 72 splits with Barksdale Boulevard for Old Minden Road 0.3 miles to the northwest of the Exit 20B interchange. Photo taken 10/18/03.
A two-lane ramp carries U.S. 71 southbound off Interstate 20 eastbound at Exit 20C. The Benton Spur Road flyover travels overhead. Barksdale Boulevard provides an east-west arterial between downtown Bossier City and Barksdale Air Force Base. U.S. 71 follows the boulevard from Interstate 20 southward to Taylorsville along the path of the Red River. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 again turns to the north from the U.S. 71 split to the Exit 21 interchange with Old Minden Road (Louisiana 72). The freeway carries four lanes from Exit 20C eastward for the remainder of the metropolitan area. Photo taken 10/18/03.
One-half mile overhead for the Louisiana 72 (Old Minten Road) diamond interchange at Exit 21. The freeway passes over a railroad line in this scene. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound at the Exit 21 off-ramp to Louisiana 72 (Old Minten Road). The state highway shadows the freeway for 3.47 miles from the intersection of Traffic Street & U.S. 80 (Texas Avenue) to Exit 23 (Industrial Drive). The state highway continues along Old Minten Road through to the west end of Industrial Drive. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Exit 22 provides the preferred route to Barksdale Air Force Base from Interstate 20 eastbound. Airline Drive (Louisiana 3105) intersects the freeway via a diamond interchange ahead. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Airline Drive travels between U.S. 71 (Barksdale Boulevard) and Interstate 220 (Exit 12) among other locales in the Bossier City area. The north-south roadway carries Louisiana 3105 for 6.18 miles between U.S. 71 and the Bossier City limits. Traffic bound for Barksdale A.F.B. is directed onto Northgate Drive (Louisiana 185) via Louisiana 72 (Old Minten Road) just south of Exit 22. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 returns to an east-west orientation from Airline Drive eastward. Pictured here is the 1.25-mile overhead for the Exit 23 interchange with Industrial Drive (Louisiana 72). Photo taken 10/18/03.
Drawing to within 0.25 miles of the Exit 23 diamond interchange at Industrial Drive (Louisiana 72). The state highway ends nearby at U.S. 80 (Texas Street) 0.4 miles to the north. Knolin Drive forms an eastbound side frontage road between Old Minden Road and Louisiana 72. Photo taken 10/18/03.
The Exit 23 off-ramp leaves Interstate 20 for Industrial Drive (Louisiana 72). Industrial Drive flanks the northern reaches of Barksdale A.F.B. between Louisiana 185 and Interstate 20. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Similar to guide signs for the Exit 11 interchange with Interstate 220's western terminus, signs for the eastern terminus also feature no control city. The north Shreveport-Bossier City loop returns to Interstate 20 in two miles at Exit 26. Visible to the right is the Industrial Drive Extension, a 1.7-mile frontage road spurring from Louisiana 72 (Exit 23) eastward. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Interstate 20 eastbound at the westbound beginning of Interstate 220 (Exit 26). Interstate 220 turns northward with an interchange at adjacent U.S. 79 & 80 (Racetrack Road) before curving westward to U.S. 71, Future Interstate 49, and Cross Lake. Interstate 20 continues 90 miles to downtown Monroe (pop. 53,107) otherwise. Photo taken 10/18/03.
Traffic to Interstate 220 west (Exit 26) leaves Interstate 20 via a directional "X" interchange. The junction features ghost ramps for a planned southward extension of Interstate 220. It is unclear as to whether or not the freeway will continue all the way to the Inner Loop Expressway (Louisiana 3132) as Barksdale A.F.B. lies within the potential pathway. Photo taken 10/18/03.

Page Updated February 25, 2004.