‘Tunnel-like’ I-49 segments latest option

A new refinement for I-49, refinement 6B, calls for covering a sunken section of the freeway in Lafayette, Louisiana. (File Photo Credit: The Daily Advertiser)

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – A new option for Interstate 49 through Lafayette emerged this week that calls for covering a sunken section of the freeway so pedestrians and bicyclists can cross safely.

This is the 13th refinement to the original plan adopted in 2003.

The alternative, refinement concept 6B, calls for sinking the I-49 connector about 10 feet from south of Pinhook Road to Hobson Street and covering a section from north of Taft Street to Simcoe Street, creating a “tunnel-like appearance.”

The top could be used for pedestrian paths, bikeways and plazas.

The latest refinement was introduced to Community Working Group members in an email Tuesday from Toby Picard, I-49 Lafayette connector project manager with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Picard raised the ire of some CWG volunteer members for saying the committee has to stick with the alignment approved in 2003 and anyone who doesn’t feel they can “constructively continue to fulfill” their responsibilities within those parameters should notify DOTD by May 15 of their resignation from the working group.

The CWG and a Technical Advisory Committee are tasked with evaluating the 13 refinements to the 2003 plan and narrowing the options. An executive committee of representatives from the DOTD, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Acadiana Regional Planning Commission and Federal Highway Administration will make the final decision.

Click here to view the current membership roster of the Community Working Group.

Read the 14 options at: http://lafayetteconnector.com/project-library/#1460140481525-a98538ff-92b7

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