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I-49 Lafayette Connector

We’re connecting communities in Louisiana

  • 5.5


  • 6


  • $900M

    Construction Cost

  • Lafayette, Louisiana

    Lafayette, Louisiana

Our designs will introduce parks, plazas, landscaping, and bridge aesthetic treatments

Preparedness is key, and one of the best ways to be prepared for natural disasters is to connect our communities in thoughtful, efficient ways. Our work on the I-49 Lafayette Connector will extend a hurricane evacuation route and energy corridor in Louisiana, connecting through urban Lafayette and on to New Orleans.

Our contribution will be preconstruction engineering and related services for this 5.5 mile, elevated, six-lane highway including accompanying interchanges and flanking frontage roads for local traffic circulation and land access.

Originally started in 2006, the functional plan includes extensive community outreach and public input. We’ll investigate refinement concepts generated by the public and other stakeholders to create a final design concept. The refined concept will introduce parks, plazas, landscaping, and bridge aesthetic treatments.

The functional plan phase will include final geometrics, traffic and ITS analyses, EIS re-evaluation, bridge-type selection, lighting, rail and airport coordination, and underpass planning, along with preliminary geotechnical investigation, SUE and topographic survey and mapping.

When completed, the connector—reflecting Acadiana’s unique culture with public art and structure aesthetics—will serve as integral infrastructure to support the local community and the greater community of Louisiana.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Mike McGaugh, Senior Principal, Transportation

It’s hard to imagine a civil engineer being able to impact a community more than working on flood protection projects in New Orleans.
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Joey Lefante, Senior Associate, Traffic Engineer

I am fascinated by the idea that we can always find a better way to move people more safely, sustainably, and efficiently.
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Jeff Grob, Senior Associate

Good design is good design is good design, and landscape architects can do more and bigger things than they were originally trained for.

Stephen Mensah, Traffic Engineer/Safety Analyst

Safety is essential in supporting viable, socio-economic activities and a high quality of life for the entire community.
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Keith Strickland, Senior Associate, Transportation

I’m committed to improving Georgia’s transportation networks.
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Stephen Wallace, Principal, Transportation

My goal is to add value to people’s lives by developing innovative and creative solutions that are borne from collaboration.

Matt Davis, Senior Associate, Traffic and ITS Engineer

I know how to maximize the functionality of existing infrastructure deployments with agile and economical implementation strategies.
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Mike McGaugh

Senior Principal, Transportation

Joey Lefante

Senior Associate, Traffic Engineer

Jeff Grob

Senior Associate

Stephen Mensah

Traffic Engineer/Safety Analyst

Keith Strickland

Senior Associate, Transportation

Stephen Wallace

Principal, Transportation

Matt Davis

Senior Associate, Traffic and ITS Engineer

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