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

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – DOTD and its Lafayette Connector Partners team invite the public to attend an Open House Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Progressive Community Outreach Center located at 125 Gallian Street in Lafayette.

“This public meeting is an opportunity for people living along the corridor to get involved, learn about some of the ideas being considered, and share their thoughts about the proposed project,” said DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson. “DOTD is committed to listening to the community and learning about their thoughts on the project.”

The Open House Public Meeting will include exhibits of proposed refinement concepts for the selected alternative, the project’s background, environmental procedures and specific property issues. Project representatives will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss ideas. The public is encouraged to attend and share feedback on the refinement concepts, vision and values for the project, and any other ideas and thoughts they may have.

Input provided at this open house will feed into the ongoing, multi-tiered evaluation process leading to a final proposed refinement concept for the project. Comments are encouraged and welcomed throughout the current phase of the project, and can be submitted in person at the event either in writing or orally. They can also be submitted via email (comment@lafayetteconnector.com) or mail (Lafayette Connector Partners, Attn: AECOM, P.O. Box 3136, 70502), but must be postmarked no later than May 7, 2016 in order to be included in the official Public Meeting Transcript, and should include the commenter’s name and address.

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The I-49 Lafayette Connector, part of DOTD’s Geaux South program, is a future 5.5-mile segment of highway that is a critical transportation link for Lafayette and the state as a whole. Geaux South is a $3 billion, multi-year construction initiative to convert approximately 160 miles of the current U.S. 90 corridor to Interstate 49 South. When completed, I-49 will extend from the current terminus at I-10 in Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway in New Orleans. Geaux South will support economic growth, improve access, reduce traffic congestion, and improve connectivity throughout the state’s transportation system.