The I-49 Inner City Connector is vital to the sustainability and advancement of Northwest Louisiana, including historic neighborhoods like Allendale. Allendale has experienced a population decline of nearly 20,000 over 30 years. This decline, combined with crippling effects of COVID-19, demands the prioritization of key infrastructure projects that will provide jobs, increase property values, and stimulate economic growth.

What are benefits for the Allendale neighborhood?

Increased Access

With off/on ramps at Ford Street and North Hearne, residents will enjoy increased access for the following:

Convenient and more cost-efficient access to Shreveport/Bossier retail and health clinics

Quicker access for fire and police to the neighborhood

Shorter and quicker routes to hospitals, including a Level 1 Trauma Center

Higher Property Values

The increase in access will raise property values and attract new residents, reversing the steady decline the neighborhood has experienced over the past 30 years.

More Jobs

The $800 million annual economic impact will increase jobs throughout the city, including Allendale.

Allendale Neighborhood FAQ


How many miles will the I-49 Inner-City Connector actually travel through the Allendale neighborhood?

Approximately .75 miles of the proposed route will run through the Allendale neighborhood.


How many homes or structures will be impacted by the I-49 Inner-City Connector?

An estimated 53 structures will be impacted by the I-49 Inner-City Connector.


How will property owners be compensated?

Property along the route will be purchased from owners at fair market value.


What about renters who do not own property but are displaced by the route?

Renters will be provided assistance through Housing and Urban Development that provides funding for relocation and rent expenses.


What is the likely effect on the neighborhood after road completion?

The planned 3.5-mile Inner-City Connector is an elevated highway that will cause very little disruption to residents with no east/west blockage leading into and out of downtown.