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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One of our goals for the I-49 Lafayette Connector project is to collect as much feedback as possible through neighborhood and public meetings. You can also submit your feedback for official public record at comment@lafayetteconnector.com. For more ways to give input on the project, visit lafayetteconnector.com/contact-us/. ... See MoreSee Less
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The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a key component of I-49 South and serves a variety of functions for this region. One of these functions is to improve safety for all residents and travelers within the corridor. ... See MoreSee Less
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A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is prepared when new alternatives and/or new information need consideration following a Record of Decision (ROD). An SEIS is being prepared for this project because new alternatives were identified in 2017 and must be evaluated and compared to the 2003 ROD alternative. Visit our website to learn more about the Connector Project. bit.ly/3gnJWGJ ... See MoreSee Less
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In April, the Connector team hosted a series of neighborhood meetings to gather input from residents. One of the topics discussed was potential gateway designs. Many participants recommended a lighted concept, such as these glowing columns. 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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The Connector team is always looking for input from the Lafayette community. Please email any feedback to comment@lafayetteconnector.com, or visit the link below. bit.ly/3gEuFQC ... See MoreSee Less
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Does your neighborhood, church or organization want more information about the I-49 Connector project? Visit bit.ly/3pUH0EA ... See MoreSee Less
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In April, the Connector team hosted a series of neighborhood meetings to gather input from residents. One of the items discussed was the design of the retaining walls, which will provide support to the span of the structure. Many participants favored this “Imagery” option, which could display art that represents local culture. 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 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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