It's something that we've been talking about in Lafayette for decades, but here's your chance to see it up close and personal.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) rolled out a really cool website that brings you right into the board room where discussions are taking place around design proposals for the I-49 connector project in Lafayette.


According to our media partner at KATC, the virtual reality website is a result of DOTD moving forward with the "Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process" for the project.

The website features a VR scale model of the 5.5-mile I-49 Connector. Visitors to the site will have an overview of the Connector and the ability to zoom in on several proposed design features, including bridges, and the retaining and abutment walls. The immersive experience allows viewers to see how structural components like walls, barriers and piers could look with different proposed designs.

Secretary Shawn Wilson, Ph.D. says the website is a way for stakeholders in the Lafayette Connector to get involved.

The I-49 virtual reality website is an opportunity for all interested parties to have a more true-to-life vision of the Lafayette Connector. DOTD is excited to offer the public access to such an interactive tool. We wanted stakeholders in the Lafayette Connector to feel confident evaluating proposed design elements, and this technology is the best way for them to do that.

Personally, I've seen a lot of mixed reactions about the Connector over the years that range from those who think it's a terrible idea to others who believe that it will never happen in their lifetime.


I can understand all points of view but one thing is for certain; Lafayette is growing in multiple pockets and I don't know anyone who will disagree that the Evangeline Thruway is a rollercoaster of a roadway in need of many improvements.


Let's hope this website will at least lead to valuable feedback from stakeholders along the proposed Lafayette Connector and local residents.

The website is expected to feature heavily in upcoming LCAG workshops and neighborhood meetings. In the meantime, DOTD encourages the public to experience the virtual Connector.

Follow this link to get interactive and give all your hot takes now.


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