Architect Stephen Ortego proposes variations on the I-49 Connector plan that he argues are more city-friendly — and cheaper, too.
A majority of city residents feel like Lafayette is heading in the wrong direction. But non-city residents think we’re on the right track.
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.
Here’s a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the City and Parish councils.
Senate President Page Cortez’s home parish of Lafayette received more money than others.
Officials are working to pin down a revised proposal for the alignment and design of the Lafayette Connector by early 2022.
▸ The gist: Councilwoman Liz Hebert launched an effort earlier this year to raise money to cover some of the city’s 600 uncovered bus stops. The council approved a budget line item to receive donations going forward, officially activating the effort.
▸ The gist: Snuck in among some more contentious items on last week’s agenda, a complete streets policy for LCG was formally adopted by the City-Parish Council. The resolution aligns local transportation policy with state and regional codes and will guide transportation and development efforts to include more bike, pedestrian and transit access.
Councilwoman Liz Webb Hebert is launching a public-private partnership, called “Adopt A Stop” to speed the process of covering the city’s bus stops.