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Request for Consulting Parties for Initiation of Section 106 Process

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to construct the I-49 Lafayette Connector from the Lafayette Regional Airport to the I-10/I-49/US 167 Interchange in Lafayette, Louisiana, a distance of approximately 5.5 miles. Enclosed is an exhibit showing the project corridor and some of the properties that are eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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DOTD announces preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for I-49 Lafayette Connector

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that, in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), it will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) document for the I-49 Connector project.

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I-49 Connector is Link to Stronger Economic Future

By: Jason El Koubi of One Acadiana

In the community discussion around the I-49 Lafayette Connector, something that receives too little attention is the project’s substantial role in protecting our industry base and building a foundation for diversified economic growth in other sectors. Especially amid the current economic downturn, the Connector should be viewed as a central component of our area’s economic development strategy, supported by everyone who cares about a strong economic future for Lafayette and Acadiana.

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Our Views: Lafayette connector should work for drivers and for community

In terms of mileage, Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans is one of the most complete of incomplete projects.

More than 100 miles of the 160-mile highway, a goal of state planners and business leaders for decades, already is either up to federal interstate standards or under construction to meet them.
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One Acadiana poll shows strong level of support for I-49 project, CEO says

A poll of 500 likely voters in Lafayette Parish found that 81 percent think it’s important to complete Interstate 49 South through Lafayette, the regional economic development group One Acadiana announced Thursday.

About 55 percent of those polled believe the I-49 Connector — the portion of the interstate passing through the city limits — could improve the surrounding neighborhoods, according the poll results.

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