New development resulting in $3.7 billion in cost savings
LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced it's update and plan for the continued development of I-49 south. This new development from a recently completed study will result in $3.7 billion in cost savings. The I-49 south project will convert 160 miles of US 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans into an interstate quality roadway enhancing travel between the two cities, but ultimately across the state and nation once completed.
"It's really going to help us as far as safety wise, and it's really going to be a benefit to a lot of the industries that we have along that corridor. You have a huge ag industry, a huge oil industry down there so by developing these types of improvements along that corridor it's really going to be beneficial to the economy along that entire area," says Deidra Druilhet, public information officer for DOTD.
The I-49 south project currently has more than 100 miles completed or currently under construction. Once completed, the extension of I-49 will provide a direct access of midwest industries ot the ports of south Louisiana, a bypass around Baton Rouge for traffic on I-10, and a connection between oil industry suppliers and manufacturers from New Orleans to Houston.