I-20/Tarbutton Road Interchange

Project Details
State Proj. No.: H.003298
Start date:
September 2017

Finish date:
Spring 2020

Cost: $25.5 million
Contractor: JB James Construction, LLC
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On October 11, 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards and DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., along with several other state and local elected officials and stakeholders, celebrated the groundbreaking of the I-20/Tarbutton Road Interchange and overpass replacement project.

The $25.5 million project provides a new interstate interchange, a new Tarbutton Road overpass, and improved sections of Tarbutton Road north and south of the interstate. The project creates vital interstate access for this area of Ruston, spurring economic development and easing the commute for residents. 

A new interstate interchange and reconstructed Tarbutton Road also serves to improve traffic flow from both Grambling State University and LA Tech University, particularly during special events. 

The old Tarbutton Road overpass was removed and replaced, and officially opened to traffic in October 2019. The new overpass is wider and constructed on a new alignment to coincide with the improvements to Tarbutton Road.

Tarbutton Road north and south of I-20 was complete reconstructed and built on an adjusted alignment to improve traffic flow, congestion, and safety for motorists accessing the residential and commerical areas along this corridor. 

On Friday, April 3, 2020, the both the north and south service roads between the Tarbutton Road interchange and the LA 544 (Tech Drive) exit were converted to one-way traffic each, easing traffic flow in preparation for the opening of the new interchange. 

The newly constructed on and off-ramps of the Tarbutton Road interchange are currently still closed to traffic as the contractor works to complete the installation of permanent pavement markings and striping, as well as roadway signage. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2020, weather permitting. 

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