City strives to grow, keep its charm
City planners have hopes the move will ease the flow of industrial traffic on city surface streets. Industry is currently zoned on the eastern edge of the city, and heavy equipment and 18-wheeler traffic is a common sight through downtown and around the east side of the city.
Eventually, traffic of that nature will be able to exit the interstate on the extreme east side of the city and avoid tie-ups inside the areas where shoppers, students and school buses frequently drive. In a way, it will help create a kind of traffic loop reminiscent of the Industrial Loop in Shreveport.