Commission members outline plan for proposed Lafayette Regional Expressway at open house


More than a hundred people attended a public hearing tonight on the proposed Lafayette Regional Expressway.

The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission hosted the open house at the South Regional Library.

People could check out maps and documents about the proposed 36-mile toll road.

The four-lane highway would connect I-49 near Carencro to LA-88 near New Iberia with a loop around the west side of Acadiana.

Commissioners say it would reduce traffic congestion, encourage economic development, and provide another hurricane evacuation route.

“My interest is where the corridor’s going to pass and how it’s going to get funded,” says Milton resident  Robert Bixenman.

Ridge resident Leslie Leblanc says: “As a landowner, lifetime resident of this area, concerned of where things are going to go, what the future holds. Wanted more information.”

The estimated cost for the project is $1.2 billion.

The commission says the highway would be paid for with tolls, along with federal, state and private money.

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