I-49 committee goes with elevated design over submerged option

If the Interstate 49 Connector through Lafayette is ever built, it will likely be elevated.

A committee overseeing the design of the planned interstate decided Friday to narrow down the options, casting aside the idea of cutting a path for the road below ground level and allowing local streets to pass over it.

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Poll Demonstrates Community-Wide Support for I-49 Lafayette Connector

Connect Lafayette, a coalition of thirteen community organizations, released a recent poll of registered voters showing overwhelming support for replacing the Evangeline Thruway / U.S. 90 with an interstate and completing I-49 South. The Connect Lafayette coalition, which launched in late January 2017, is made up of organizations and citizens who believe a thoughtful design for the I-49 Lafayette Connector will enhance Lafayette’s urban fabric.
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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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