A team that has been sketching and planning improvements for neighborhoods along the planned route of the Interstate 49 Connector will present their work Friday.
The event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School on 12th Street, caps off a week of intensive design meetings and public conversations hosted by city-parish government’s Evangeline Corridor Initiative.
The state Department of Transportation and Development is designing the 5.5-mile stretch of I-49 through Lafayette, but the Evangeline Corridor group is exploring revitalization projects downtown, along the Vermilion River, in the Sterling Grove Historic District, in the McComb-Veazey neighborhood and in other areas along the planned interstate.
The Evangeline Corridor team this week brought in a group of nationally renowned architects and planners who have worked near 12-hour days since Sunday at a makeshift design office at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center downtown.
The presentation on Friday is expected to include big-picture ideas for the entire interstate corridor, specific plans for each neighborhood and possible tweaks to the design of the road itself.
For information on the Evangeline Corridor Initiative, visit evangelinecorridor.com.
The work by the Evangeline Corridor team comes as DOTD is exploring 19 design ideas for the section of I-49 through Lafayette.
The process of narrowing the list down to the most feasible designs is scheduled to begin next month.