I-49 LAFAYETTE CONNECTOR

ACADIANA’S PATH FORWARD

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About the Project

The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a future 5.5-mile segment of highway that will extend I-49 from I-10 to the Lafayette Regional Airport. It is a critical transportation link for Lafayette and the state as a whole. The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a key component of I-49 South, which will function as a critical hurricane evacuation route, complete a major energy and trade corridor to the nation and enhance safety by providing new interstate connectivity within the Lafayette region and to New Orleans. For more information about the project and planning, visit the Project Overview.

Our Philosophy

The I-49 Lafayette Connector project is an initiative rooted in community collaboration. It 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.

Project History

Project Update

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), along with national, state, regional and local partners, are moving forward with the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process for the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project.

The Concept Refinement phase of the project is complete, and a refined alignment has been agreed upon with community stakeholders input and project partner approval. This includes the development of Evangeline Thruway to improve connectivity and provide access to I-49 from Downtown Lafayette and adjacent neighborhoods. In order to more effectively address the key CSS components of the mainline viaduct and urban design features, the former CSS Community Working Group (CWG) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) are being combined into a unified Advisory Group (AG) to provide a forum for the coordinated community and technical input for the CSS process. This process will focus on gathering input about various design features to help develop the I-49 Lafayette Connector Design Guidelines.

Over the next several months, the I-49 Lafayette Connector Advisory Group will conduct a rigorous monthly workshop-based process to keep moving the project ahead with all appropriate parties involved. More information from the meetings can be found in the Project Library. To view the 2017 Refinement Alternative No 1. and Refinement Alternative No. 2 maps, click here.

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Update: DOTD advises motorists of field testing along US 167

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DOTD advises motorists of field testing along US 167

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DOTD advises motorists of field testing along US 167 The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises that beginning Monday, June ...

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A displaced left turn (DLT) intersection design is featured in this currently proposed traffic model for Pinhook Road and the I-49 Lafayette Connector. Traffic wishing to merge left on I-49 is diverted into a far left lane to avoid interchange congestion. For more information on potential traffic models and maps, visit bit.ly/2iCbGcs. To leave an official I-49 Lafayette Connector project comment about the proposed traffic models, visit bit.ly/2jdtVV5 ... See MoreSee Less

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This is the currently proposed traffic intersection for Willow Street and the I-49 Lafayette Connector. Within the model, Willow Street runs perpendicular to I-49, passing under the elevated portion of the highway. For more information on potential traffic models and maps, visit bit.ly/2iCbGcs. To leave an official I-49 Lafayette Connector project comment about the proposed traffic models, visit bit.ly/2jdtVV5 ... See MoreSee Less

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The proposed traffic interchange University Avenue/Surrey Street and the I-49 Lafayette Connector features a tight urban diamond design, allowing a depressed portion of University/Surrey to run beneath the highway. For more information on I-49 traffic models and maps, visit bit.ly/2iCbGcs. To leave an official I-49 Lafayette Connector project comment about the proposed traffic models, visit bit.ly/2jdtVV5 ... See MoreSee Less

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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) surveys, evaluates and nominates significant historic buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects to the National Register and actively supports property owners in historic preservation. ... See MoreSee Less

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In terms of highway construction, the Right-of-Way (ROW) refers to land or property acquired or devoted to transportation purposes, including construction, maintenance, operations, and protection of a facility. ... See MoreSee Less

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An environmental impact statement (EIS), under United States environmental law, is a detailed report which establishes the need for an action, identifies alternatives with the potential to meet the identified need, analyzes the anticipated environmental consequences of the alternatives, and discusses how adverse effects may be mitigated. You can view the Lafayette Connector EIS statement under historical documents here: bit.ly/2iFrbTn ... See MoreSee Less

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Average Daily Traffic (ADT) is the total traffic volume during a given period divided by the number of days in that period. This metric is usually based on traffic counts or model projections and is calculated every three years. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mitigation refers to the specific design commitments made during an environmental evaluation process that serve to limit the impacts made from the decided plan of action. To learn more about the commitments made to the Lafayette Connector project, visit bit.ly/2Ai5rBK ... See MoreSee Less

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“Complete streets” refers to roadways that are designed to enable safe, attractive and comfortable access and travel for all users. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities. ... See MoreSee Less

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Arterial roadways are a class of roads serving major traffic movement (high-speed, high volume) for travel between major points, like between cities and states. ... See MoreSee Less

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In roadway construction, alignment refers to the route of a road in relation to other roads, which includes both the vertical and horizontal planes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Limited access refers to roadways and highways that typically carry large volumes of high-speed traffic with few points of entry, allowing vehicles to move quickly and continuously. ... See MoreSee Less

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Feeder roads are secondary routes that run alongside or bring traffic to a major road. Other words used to describe this roadway include frontage, service, access and parallel. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Lafayette Connector Partners team introduced preliminary bicycle and pedestrian planning concepts for the I-49 Lafayette Connector project at meetings of the Community Working Group, Technical Advisory Committee, and Executive Committee as well as the Public Meeting held the week of October 16, 2017. These displays show potential enhancements to both existing and planned bicycle and pedestrian routes and conceptual street cross-sections that could occur at different points along the 5.5-mile segment. Visit www.lafayetteconnector.com to view all of the displays on the homepage. ... See MoreSee Less

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Multimodal roadways are roads that allow for multiple types of transportation within a single corridor, whether that be vehicles, bikes, trains or other commuting option. ... See MoreSee Less

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