LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An alternate route for Interstate 49 that would bypass Lafayette could be revived for discussion after being ruled out a decade ago.
The Advocate reports that state Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, and state Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, have asked the state Department of Transportation and Development to study the so-called "Teche Ridge" route, which would push I-49 to the east of Lafayette through mostly undeveloped rural areas in St. Martin Parish.
The Teche Ridge route was originally proposed by opponents of a proposed elevated interstate through Lafayette and by St. Martin Parish officials who welcomed the prospect of a new interstate running through their parish.
But officials involved in the push to complete I-49 worry that revisiting the Teche Ridge alternative could cause more delays in the project.