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 Connector Project.
Update: DOTD advises motorists of field testing along US 167
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises that crews will be continuing field testing along US 167 (Evangeline Thruway) from 6th Street to Taft Street. Work is anticipated to start Wednesday, July 8, 2020, and last approximately four days with work dependent on weather. Motorists can expect work to occur any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Lane closures are not needed, and impact to traffic is expected to be low.
The purpose of the field testing is to characterize current soil and groundwater conditions, and is part of the ongoing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) document for the I-49 Connector project. For more information on the I-49 Lafayette Connector project.
DOTD advises motorists of field testing along US 167
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises that beginning Monday, June 15 crews will be conducting field testing along US 167 (Evangeline Thruway) from 6th Street to Taft Street. Work is expected to last approximately one week and is dependent on weather. Lane closures are not needed, and impact to traffic is expected to be low.
The purpose of the field testing is to characterize current soil and groundwater conditions, and is part of the ongoing Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) document for the I-49 Connector project.
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.
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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Public engagement, feedback requested to help shape Connector
(LAFAYETTE, La.) – DOTD and its Lafayette Connector Partners team invite the public to attend a “Community Vision & Values Workshop” Saturday, January 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Progressive Outreach Center located at 125 Gallian St. in Lafayette. The workshop is one of many opportunities planned for this year where the community can share its ideas, hopes and opinions about the I-49 Lafayette Connector.
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DOTD spokeswoman Deidra Druilhet said the state agency is keenly aware of the need to re-evaluate existing plans and to think about not only the road, but everything around it.
“We haven’t built a project of this magnitude in many years,” she said. “… I think a lot of people really want to be involved in this process, and that’s exactly what we want.”
Launch Event and Public Information Meeting to be held Oct. 6
(LAFAYETTE, La.) – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), along with federal, state, regional and local partners, recently began the next phase of the I‑49 Lafayette Connector project. Over the next 18 months, the public and various government, business and community stakeholders will be invited to participate in a collaborative decision-making process to complete the planning and conceptual design for the Selected Alternative for construction of the I‑49 Lafayette Connector on the alignment selected and approved in the 2003 FHWA Record of Decision (ROD) along the Evangeline Throughway between I-10 and Lafayette Regional Airport.