Week long planning session underway for I-49 connector

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Monday, residents were given the opportunity to fill out comment cards and give their input on how I-49 should be designed. A week-long planning session is underway at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, as Lafayette consolidated Government and the Evangeline Corridor Initiative gather feedback from the community on the design of the new I-49 connector. Neighborhoods along the five-and-a-half mile connector have been divided into five districts. Sketches of what each district will look like will be on display throughout the week. LCG’s Planning and Zoning Director Carlee Alm-LaBar said they are taking every opinion into consideration.

“Some places want more recreational, some people are concerned about safety. A lot of people are concerned about retail in their neighborhoods, so it depends on the district as to what kind of feedback that we are getting.”

Landscape Architect Wess Michaels is working on the design. He said, so far, the main concern is functionality.

“The biggest thing we’ve heard is how is it going to affect me on a daily basis, and how am I going to interact with this new roadway.”

Alm-LaBar said she hopes to see more residents as the week continues. She says the communities feedback is vital in the planning process. Friday the planning session will wrap things up with a presentation of suggestions and feedback from the week.

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