New interstate entrance for Barksdale Air Force Base breaks ground

May 31, 2019

“Number one mega-project” for Northwest Louisiana is backed by state’s first use of GARVEE bonds.

Recently the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced the commencement of a project that would add direct interstate access into Barksdale Air Force Base from the I-20/I-220 interchange in Bossier City, Louisiana. The $71.8 million design-build project, years in the making, broke ground on May 15, with Governor John Bel Edwards in attendance.

La. Governor John Bel Edwards attends the groundbreaking for this project on May 15, 2019.

Established in 1931, Barksdale AFB is one of the largest military installations in the United States and is continuing to grow. The resident and employee population totals nearly 9,800, with more than 15,000 military family members living on and off base and an estimated 60,000 retirees and their family members in surrounding communities. The new access to the base was necessary to relieve congestion at other access points and enhance base security.

Working on behalf of the DOTD, Volkert is providing design-build support services for the project, including contract administration, construction support, construction engineering inspection, and record-keeping.

For more details about this top-priority mega-project in northwestern Louisiana, please see the original press release.

(Left to right: Charles Bolinger, FHWA District Administrator; Eboni Rose, attorney, Innovative Procurement; Peggy Jo Paine, Manager, Innovative Procurement; Corey Landry, Senior Project Manager; Joshua Hollins, Executive Council; John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana; Dr. Shawn D. Wilson, Secretary, DOTD; David North, District Administrator; Jan Evans, Volkert, Inc.; Ann-Therese Schmid, Nossaman, LLP. Photo courtesy of DOTD.)