Ruston I-20 interchange in the works

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For more than 20 years, the city of Ruston has been working to put an additional exit along Interstate 20. Now that federal, state, and city funding are all in place, construction could be starting as early as Summer 2017.

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The exit will be built off of Tarbutton Rd., which is right next to Ruston Junior High School. Plans also include removing the bridge there, and replacing it with a new one.

Mayor Ronny Walker says all of this will cost around 20 million dollars.
Seven million will come from Ruston, and the rest will be provided through federal and state funding.

Walker says the new exit will help with traffic flow, especially after Tech footblall games. He says it will also be good for business development.

"It's huge," says Walker. "We have several large churches on that road, we've got a lot of restaurants, retail, and hopefully with this new interchange, there will be even more retail establishments open up."

Bids are opening at the Department of Transportation in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, January 11. After a contractor is selected, construction is expected to start as early as this summer.

A contractor is already in place for a service road project, from Hwy 33 to Rough Edge Road. Construction for that is expected to start within the next 60 to 90 days.