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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During Workshop #3, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group looked at understructure development options for the I-49 Connector. Understructures are areas of ground-level right-of-way that can serve many purposes. Some cities, like Dallas, Texas, use these spaces for dog parks. ... See MoreSee Less
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At the December 17, 2020 LCAG workshop, participants reviewed possible uses for the understructure of the Connector. The 14th Street Viaduct in Hoboken, New Jersey, offers a playground area where kids can play safely. ... See MoreSee Less
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On Thursday, December 17th, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group (LCAG) met to discuss joint understructure uses for the Lafayette Connector. Discussions included examples of understructure uses from Louisiana and around the country. To browse all Workshop materials or watch a recording of the meeting, visit bit.ly/2XPZIQR, LCAG Workshop #3 Day 1 Meeting. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Lafayette Connector Advisory Group discussed retaining wall option preferences for the mainline structure of the I-49 Connector project during Workshop #1. To view the presentation on mainline structure concepts and the recordings of the meeting visit bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Workshop #1.” ... See MoreSee Less
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The Lafayette Connector Advisory Group (LCAG) met on Wednesday September 9, and Thursday September 17, 2020 to discuss Signature Bridge topics from Workshop #1 and Gateway Elements. To read the summary of the two meetings and browse all Workshop documents, visit bit.ly/3nJzsCi under “Meeting Summary”. ... See MoreSee Less
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Louisiana Department of Transportation is excited to announce the launch of i49vr.com, a virtual reality “room” that allows the community to envision design proposals for the Connector. Visitors to the site will be able to see how various features like bridges and retaining walls could look along the 5.5-mile expanse. ... See MoreSee Less
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Your input is important to the success of the Lafayette Connector project. Listed below are ways you can give feedback: 1) Participate in neighborhood and public meetings and forums 2) Submit comments at comment@lafayetteconnector.com or Lafayette Connector Partners | P.O. Box 3136 | Lafayette, LA 70502 3) Ask questions at info@lafayetteconnector.com ... See MoreSee Less
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During Workshop #1, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group discussed barrier options for the mainline structure of the I-49 Connector project. View the presentation on mainline structure concepts and the recordings of the meeting at bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Workshop #1.” ... See MoreSee Less
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During Workshop #1, the Lafayette Connector Advisory group looked at railing options for the mainline structure of the I-49 Connector project. View the presentation on mainline structure concepts and the recordings of the meeting at bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Workshop #1.” ... See MoreSee Less
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As part of Workshop #1, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group compared abutment options for the I-49 Connector project. View the presentation on mainline structure concepts and the recordings of the meeting at bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Meeting Documents”. ... See MoreSee Less
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During Workshop #1, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group discussed pier option preferences for the mainline structure of the I-49 Connector project. View the presentation on mainline structure concepts and recordings of the meeting at bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Meeting Documents”. ... See MoreSee Less
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During Workshop #1, the Lafayette Connector Advisory Group discussed girder option preferences for the mainline structure of the I-49 Connector project. View the mainline structure concepts presentation and recordings of the meeting at bit.ly/3lLilzw under “Meeting Documents”. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Lafayette Connector Advisory Group (LCAG) met virtually on July 28 and July 30 in a two-part session to review the I-49 project status and gather feedback on visual details for the mainline structure. To read a recap of the two meetings and view the meeting recordings, visit bit.ly/3lLilzw. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Lafayette Connector Advisory Group (LCAG) for the I-49 Lafayette Connector joined together for their Introductory Meeting on June 4th to outline the objectives for the next 6 CSS workshops. To read the summary and view the recording of the Advisory Group Meeting, visit bit.ly/2Hd8XWk. ... See MoreSee Less
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Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson appeared on the October 20 episode of the Ross Report to give updates about the I-49 Connector and other pressing issues in Louisiana transportation. Listen here under “October 20”: newstalk985.com/the-ross-report-podcast-00/. ... See MoreSee Less
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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 bit.ly/3nTUM8t. ... See MoreSee Less
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Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves the community and all key stakeholders in the planning and design of the I-49 Lafayette Connector project. To learn more about this process for the I-49 Lafayette Connector project, visit bit.ly/3lEuo1z. ... See MoreSee Less
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The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a key component of I-49 South, a critical transportation link for Lafayette and the entire state. It 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. To learn more about the project’s history, visit rb.gy/bsiqf7. ... See MoreSee Less
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Do your part & fill out your 2020 Census. These results affect planning and funding of state projects. You can ensure Louisiana receives its share of federal money for highway planning, construction, community development – and more! www.census.gov/ ... See MoreSee Less
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