New Buc-ee’s Runs Into Regulatory Hurdles in Louisiana

A traffic study must be completed and government funds approved.

March 20, 2023

Buc-ee’s announced that it was building a travel center in Ruston, Louisiana, earlier this year. That project has hit a delay due to a traffic study that must be completed before building a service road and other infrastructure.

In January, Ronny Walker, the mayor of Ruston, said “This is a tremendous project.”. “We are so grateful that Buc-ee’s has decided to locate its first travel center in the state here in Ruston. The capital investment is huge and the 200+ jobs being created are extraordinary for the citizens of Ruston. We are excited to welcome Buc-ee’s to our community and look forward to their success.”

"It just takes a long time to get these kinds of projects done," Walker said last week. "None of this is unexpected.” Walker expects that the total price tag for the city will be about $24 million and says he is working with state agencies to help with some of the cost.

Buc-ee’s has secured an 84-acre plot, and expects the travel center to occupy about 30 acres, leaving about 50 for development.

Buc-ee’s has been expanding rapidly, with new sites underway in Wisconsin, Virginia and Missouri. When the company broke ground on its Missouri location, Stan Beard of Buc-ee’s said, "Springfield is the birthplace of Route 66. It's perfectly natural that Buc-ee's, the ultimate road-trip destination, is coming to this gorgeous stretch of Americana history. We are delighted to be a part of this community and excited to make Springfield our first stop in Missouri."