I-49 LAFAYETTE CONNECTOR

ACADIANA’S PATH FORWARD

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About the Project

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), along with federal, state, regional and local partners, recently began this phase of the I‑49 Lafayette Connector project. Over the next 18 months, the public and various government, business and community stakeholders will be invited to participate in a collaborative decision-making process to complete the planning and conceptual design for the I-49 Lafayette Connector.

Our Philosophy

The I-49 Lafayette Connector project is an initiative rooted in community collaboration and designed to create one of the most historic, landmark transportation projects in the state of Louisiana. The Lafayette Connector presents the opportunity to revitalize and beautify Lafayette’s gateway, strengthen infrastructure and improve safety and multi-modal transportation, all while preserving the community’s cherished, historic and business districts. It truly represents Acadiana’s path forward.

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Project Update

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Lafayette Connector Partners team introduced animated traffic models to the Community Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee at meetings held in July and September 2017. The proposed traffic models focus on adjustments made to the Kaliste Saloom, University, Pinhook and Willow Street interchanges at I-49. More information from the meetings can be found here: http://lafayetteconnector.com/project-library/

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DOTD to Host I-49 Lafayette Connector Open House Public Meeting

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DOTD and its Lafayette Connector Partners (LCP) team invite the public to attend an open house public meeting on Thursday, October ...

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I-49 committee goes with elevated design over submerged option

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If the Interstate 49 Connector through Lafayette is ever built, it will likely be elevated. A committee overseeing the design of ...

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The Lafayette Connector project is not only an opportunity to improve transportation. It’s also a chance to connect neighborhoods and reimagine the urban core. ... See MoreSee Less

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Without the Lafayette Connector, commuters will endure over 400,000 daily hours of delay by 2040. The I-49 Connector is expected to reduce this number, saving drivers a collective average of 86,000 hours of delay per day (APC-MPO Traffic Demand Model). ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to get involved with the Lafayette Connector project? Join us at the Progressive Community Outreach Center on Thursday, Oct. 19 for an Open House Public Meeting. The event will showcase end-to-end concept refinements and traffic models for several major roads, like Kaliste Saloom and Willow Street. For more info, visit lafayetteconnector.com/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less

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A Record of Decision, or ROD, is a formal federal approval issued by the Federal Highway Administration concerning a proposed highway project. The ROD for the I-49 LafayetteConnector was issued in 2003 to allow the project to move forward. At the conclusion of the Supplemental EIS, now underway, a Supplemental ROD will be issued. To view the 2003 ROD, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com ... See MoreSee Less

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With your help, the I-49 Connector can be an invaluable asset to Lafayette by providing a space for community activities and recreation. To learn more, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Tired of sitting in gridlock? Improved traffic is one of the many goals of the I-49 #LafayetteConnector. To learn more, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark your calendar! Our upcoming Open House Public Meeting will give you the opportunity to speak with the project team and view potential traffic models for Kaliste Saloom, Pinhook, University and Willow Street. For more info, visit lafayetteconnector.com/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Be sure to check our upcoming events page for local meetings and discussions on the Lafayette Connector! lafayetteconnector.com/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The Geaux South program is a major construction initiative that aims to transform the US-90 corridor into I-49 South, connecting Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway in New Orleans. The I-49 #LafayetteConnector will be key in joining the new I-49 South highway with its northern counterpart. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our next Open House Public Meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Progressive Community Outreach Center. A Moderated Session will be held immediately after from 5:30-8 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to view end-to-end concept refinements, ask questions and provide input in a self-paced setting. For more info, visit lafayetteconnector.com/upcoming-events/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Context Sensitive Solutions is a developmental process that incorporates community values, public safety and mobility into the design of highways and roadways. To learn more, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com

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The I-49 Lafayette Connector aims to improve transportation efficiency in Lafayette and help to economically stimulate the region surrounding the connector. To learn more about the project’s goals, visit lafayetteconnector.com/poll-demonstrates-community-support/#more-2413 ... See MoreSee Less

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The I-49 #LafayetteConnector will be more than a link between Points A and B. It will provide a place for the local community to collaborate and connect. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com

Photo courtesy of Sabina Lohr, @Solo Female Traveler.
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The I-49 Lafayette Connector will bring many beneficial changes to Lafayette, but it needs your help! With community vision and support, this project will accomplish a number of goals while reflecting the values of Acadiana. To get involved or learn more, visit www.lafayetteconnector.com ... See MoreSee Less

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Lafayette Connector Partners team introduced animated traffic models to the Community Working Group and Technical Advisory Committee the week of September 4, 2017. The proposed traffic models focus on adjustments made to the University, Pinhook and Willow Street interchanges at I-49. The public will be invited to provide feedback on the updated designs at an upcoming public meeting. Visit www.lafayetteconnector.com to view the traffic models on the homepage. ... See MoreSee Less

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The I-49 Coalition of community leaders met today to discuss and drive support for the I-49 Connector. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, Acadiana Planning Commission CEO Monique Boulet, Jason El Koubi of One Acadiana, Jan Swift of Upper Lafayette and Pastor Ken Lazard of the Senior Pastoral Alliance spoke at the press conference, which was held at the future Destiny of Faith Church. ... See MoreSee Less

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