Two projects on I-220 kicked off this morning. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says one of them is in preparation for the extension of I-49 North in Caddo Parish.

East- and westbound lanes of I-220 between North Market Street and Blanchard Road will be widened. Various lane closures will affect traffic on both sides of the interstate, but there will be at least one lane open in each direction at all times.

Lane closures will be restricted to Monday through Friday between 9AM and 3PM, and between 8PM and 6AM. Lane closures are permitted 24 hours a day both Saturday and Sunday.

The work is anticipated to last 30 days, weather permitting. It's expected to end around April 18, 2015.

The other project is a Phase I sign upgrade on the Cross Lake Bridge. This will affect the outside lanes for the next 30 days, weather permissing. That work should end around April 17, 2015.

Lane closures for that project are restricted to Monday through Friday between 9AM and 2PM, and 24 hours a day Saturday and Sunday.