Our history is full of examples of how dreaming big paid off for Lafayette. But big dreams can distract from accomplishing small, important tasks.
Architect Stephen Ortego proposes variations on the I-49 Connector plan that he argues are more city-friendly — and cheaper, too.
Most of the major decisions have been made, including some significant changes to the version approved by the federal government in the early 2000s. Whether the Connector can make good on lofty promises will hinge on decisions made in 2022.
The main contours of the elevated freeway have taken shape, with relatively little left to decide — except who will pay for the features purported to make it transformative.
Officials are working to pin down a revised proposal for the alignment and design of the Lafayette Connector by early 2022.
Lafayette’s conservative m-p on a range of topics, controversies and issues on the horizon.
The gist: Lafayette’s tourism bureau will move its administrative offices Downtown from its current offices on the Evangeline Thruway. The visitors center on site will remain until it’s forced to make way for the I-49 Connector.
The gist: More than a dozen Evangeline neighborhood revitalization projects, developed in response to construction of the I-49 Connector, were approved for funding, a small but key step in reinvestment efforts.