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.

In 2019, the former CSS Community Working Group (CWG) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) combined into the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group (LCAG) to provide a forum for the coordinated community and technical input for the CSS process. This process focuses on gathering input from key stakeholders about various design features to help develop the I-49 Lafayette Connector Design Guidelines.

Over the last several months, the I-49 Lafayette Connector Advisory Group has participated in an introductory meeting and three of six planned workshops. The two-part workshops allow LCAG members to review elements of the Connector, including the mainline structure, signature bridge, gateway elements, and joint understructure use. Workshops will continue into 2021. More information from the meetings can be found in the Project Library.

The LCAG is one of several formats used for collecting feedback. DOTD is actively seeking input from other stakeholders and the community at large. Planning for neighborhood and public meetings is already underway.

To involve more stakeholders in the process, DOTD has created the I-49 Virtual Meeting website, a virtual reality “room” that allows the community to envision design proposals for the Connector. The website features a VR scale model of the 5.5-mile I-49 Connector. The immersive experience allows viewers to see how structural components like walls, barriers, and piers could look with different proposed designs.

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DOTD Launches Virtual Reality Website of I-49 Lafayette Connector

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In April, the Connector team hosted a series of meetings to gather input from local residents. One of the topics discussed was the design of the piers, or supporting structures, of the Connector. Many participants favored this “square with crown cap” design, which offers the potential for customization by local artists. If you would like to provide feedback on the Connector Project, please contact us at comment@lafayetteconnector.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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In many cases, highways assist in future development by reducing traffic congestion and improving connectivity. The I-49 Connector Project is designed to accomplish both. For more information, please visit the link below. bit.ly/3gnJWGJ ... See MoreSee Less
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The opening of the underpass at Jefferson Street was one of the most important infrastructure developments in Lafayette’s history. The underpass, completed in 1955, connected the city’s north and south sides. ... See MoreSee Less
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Traffic in 1940s Lafayette was light by today’s standards. It was so light, in fact, that the traffic light at the corner of Jefferson Street and Vermilion was the only one for several blocks. ... See MoreSee Less
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Cars might have become the normal mode of travel by the 1940s, but some Acadiana residents still preferred the leisurely pace of a horse and buggy. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Lafayette Regional Airport is a storied institution. Built in 1930 and commandeered for use by the USAF during World War II, the airport began passenger service in 1948. This photograph, taken in 1952, gives an aerial view of the airport’s expanse. ... See MoreSee Less
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Airplane travel was used for commercial purposes as early as the 1930s. Evangeline Hot Sauce, now Cajun Chef, had their own prop plane to deliver goods all over the South. ... See MoreSee Less
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Waterways and the boats that travel them have always played a crucial role in the Louisiana economy. The Joe B. Chaffe Towboat converted to a sternwheel diesel in 1937 and towed commodities from Arkansas to New Orleans. ... See MoreSee Less
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Lafayette residents ride in style in their early Ford Model-T, which could reach top speeds of 45 miles per hour. ... See MoreSee Less
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In 1910, Pinhook Bridge was barely wide enough to accommodate two vehicles at once. Today, it spans four lanes. ... See MoreSee Less
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As early as 1888, Lafayette residents were avid bicyclists. Frank Moss is pictured here with his penny-farthing, the first machine to be called a “bicycle.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Trains have always been essential modes of transportation. In 1855, Morgan’s great iron horse, “The Sabine,” was the first train to carry passengers from Houston, TX, to New Orleans. In 1949, Southern Pacific built the first diesel engine train to travel the same route. ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder: Our Willow Street Neighborhood Meeting will be held this Saturday, April 24 from 9:30 to 11 am at Destiny of Faith Church. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/If you live in the Willow Street area, the I-49 Lafayette Connector team is interested in hearing from you! Anyone who lives in this area near the Evangeline Thruway is invited to sign up and join us at Destiny of Faith Church on Saturday, April 24 from 9:30 am to 11 am to provide input and address any questions, comments or concerns you may have about the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project. If you would like to attend, please sign up via the link below. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder! Our next two Neighborhood Meetings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week for the members of the Freetown-Port Rico Neighborhood. If you are interested in attending, please sign up at lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/The I-49 Lafayette Connector team will be holding two meetings at Rosa Parks Transportation Center for Freetown Port-Rico neighborhood residents on Tuesday, April 20th from 10:30 am - 12 pm and Wednesday, April 21st from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. During the meetings, we will be asking for community input and feedback on the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project as well as answering any of your questions, comments or concerns. If you live in this neighborhood and are interested in attending one of these meetings, please visit the link below to sign up. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a reminder that our next Neighborhood Meeting will be held this Saturday, 4/17/21 at Fightingville Fresh. If you live in the La Place/Fightingville/Townfolk area and are interested in contributing to this project, feel free to join us; no RSVP required!Next week, the I-49 Lafayette Connector Team will be holding two meetings for all members of the LaPlace neighborhood. During the meetings, we will be asking for community input and feedback on the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The second meeting will be on Saturday, April 17 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Both meetings will be held at Fightingville Fresh. If you live in the LaPlace neighborhood and are interested in contributing to this project, feel free to join us; no RSVP required. ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder! Our Kaliste Saloom Neighborhood Meetings are happening now! If you missed the first one, feel free to join us online or in person for the second one at noon. Sign up to attend at lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/.If you live in the Kaliste Saloom area, we want to hear from you! Next Thursday, April 15, the I-49 Lafayette Connector team invites anyone who lives in the Kaliste Saloom area to join us at Vermilionville to discuss any questions, comments or concerns you may have about the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project. There will be two sessions: one from 11 am to 12 pm, and another from 12 pm to 1 pm. If you live in the Kaliste Saloom area and are interested in attending, please visit the link below to sign up. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder! Our Sterling Grove Neighborhood Meeting is happening TONIGHT! If you are interested in attending, please sign up at lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/.If you live in the Sterling Grove Historic District, the I-49 Lafayette Connector team is interested in hearing from you! Next week, the team is inviting anyone who lives in the Sterling Grove neighborhood to join us at the Downtown Public Library to discuss any questions, comments or concerns you may have about the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project. There will be two sessions; the first will be held on Tuesday, April 13 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, and the second on Wednesday, April 14 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you live in the Sterling Grove neighborhood and would like to attend, please sign up via the link below. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today’s neighborhood meeting at the Fightingville Fresh Farmer’s Market has been postponed due to the weather. LaPlace, Fightingville and Townfolk residents will still have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input and feedback on the I-49 Lafayette Connector project at Fightingville Fresh this Saturday, April 17th. Additional updates are to come. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you live in the Willow Street area, the I-49 Lafayette Connector team is interested in hearing from you! Anyone who lives in this area near the Evangeline Thruway is invited to sign up and join us at Destiny of Faith Church on Saturday, April 24 from 9:30 am to 11 am to provide input and address any questions, comments or concerns you may have about the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project. If you would like to attend, please sign up via the link below. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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The I-49 Lafayette Connector team will be holding two meetings at Rosa Parks Transportation Center for Freetown Port-Rico neighborhood residents on Tuesday, April 20th from 10:30 am - 12 pm and Wednesday, April 21st from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. During the meetings, we will be asking for community input and feedback on the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project as well as answering any of your questions, comments or concerns. If you live in this neighborhood and are interested in attending one of these meetings, please visit the link below to sign up. lafayetteconnector.com/neighborhood-meeting-sign-up/ ... See MoreSee Less
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