The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced that the new Interstate 20/Tarbutton Road interchange in Ruston is fully open to traffic.
The $25.5 million project creates a new interstate interchange in addition to a new Tarbutton Road overpass, a reconstructed Tarbutton Road north and south of Interstate 20, and improved traffic flow on adjacent service roads.
The new interstate on and off-ramps were opened to traffic on Thursday, officially providing access that will help to boost economic development along the Tarbutton Road corridor and ease traffic congestion at nearby interchanges.
“This project has transformed the landscape of this area of Ruston, while remaining ahead of schedule and on budget despite heavy spring rains, a devastating tornado, and the restrictions of a worldwide pandemic,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson. “This interchange provides new critical interstate access to both commercial and residential areas. But none of it would be possible without vital partnerships with local and federal agencies, and without the vision of an administration set on investing our transportation dollars strategically.”
Work began on the project in September 2017, with other milestones highlighted along the way, including the opening of the new, widened Tarbutton Road overpass in October 2019. Also, the two service roads were transitioned to one-way traffic in early April 2020.
Tarbutton Road north and south of Interstate 20 was reconstructed on an adjusted alignment, creating improved traffic flow through the area and a new roadway capable of handling heavy traffic volume for years to come.
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