Lafayette residents got a chance today to see proposed end-to-end concept refinements for the Lafayette Connector.
Right now, DOTD says they plan build connector at a lower elevation at the University and Surrey intersection.
There are also plans for roundabouts near Walmart and Martin Luther King st, as well as decide between a couplet and a boulevard to connect the new interstate to downtown.
After residents they got to comment on them.
When the public comment session begin, the Acadiana Planning Commission and One Acadiana announced their support for the Lafayette Connector
“It has been changed and I think the changes are going to provide a better product and will also provide a savings of millions of dollars which can hopefully be reinvest to actually enhance the project.” said Bill Fontenot of the Acadiana Planning Commission.
“It will bring safety, hurricane evacuation, traffic congestion reduction and economic development.” said Andre Breaux of One Acadiana.
Residents like Harold Schoeffler weren’t so sure.
“Hundreds of businesses will be taken out equal to 12 to 15 hundred jobs being lost.” argued Schoeffler.
While business owner John Williams had his own issue with the connector.
“It will detrimental to people arriving at our business because coming from almost any direction except for one direction, you wont be able to turn into Pack & Paddle.” Williams explained.
No matter the type of comment presented, DOTD believes this is the best way to move the project forward.
“The project involves the community. since, we are going through the community. We wanna get all put of the input we can so we can build the best project we can for the community.” said Bill Oliver of DOTD.
If you weren’t able to see the project today and you would still like to, it will be on display at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center beginning tomorrow until the 27th.
You can also see the exhibit by clicking here.