The I-49 South Coalition wishes to congratulate Secretary/Treasurer Doug Place on his recent retirement. For 22 years, Doug served as the Chief Financial Officer of Dupré Logistics, a Lafayette-based transportation and logistics company. In addition to his leadership at Dupré Logistics, Doug has taken an active role as a member of multiple business, industry, and community organizations, including the I-49 South Coalition, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, One Acadiana, and the Rotary Club of Lafayette.
“The Louisiana delegation is of one voice regarding the completion of the I-49 corridor, I-49 South,” Higgins said. “It’s got to get done. It’s a matter of economic stability, for obvious reasons, for economic growth. It’s a matter of national security.”
Ken Lazard, Pastor of Destiny of Faith Church and President of the Senior Pastoral Alliance, was emboldened by the results saying, “These poll results confirm the importance of this project. Our organizations are ready to partner with the community to rally around this significant investment.”
“A diverse group of pastors, elected officials and civic leaders announced Monday a new coalition to support completing the Interstate 49 connector ‘the right way,’ which they touted as important for revitalization of neglected areas as well as economic development of the entire region.”
A video highlighting the Broussard I-49 Connector’s progress and potential has been released by the Broussard Economic Development Corporation.
“I think, ultimately, it’s the kind of mega-project that helps the entire state of Louisiana and puts us in a completely different position,” said Lafayette City-Parish President Joel Robideaux.
“The I-49 South Coalition fully supports the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment. This is a critical step in working toward a transportation funding solution for Louisiana, and completing I-49 South should be the top priority,” said David Mann, Chairman of the I-49 South Coalition
JEANERETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards was in St. Mary Parish on Monday for a site visit to one of the interchanges that are part of the completion of the Interstate 49 South corridor.
Edwards met with State Department of Transportation and Development and local officials and several construction crew members to hear a briefing on the La. 318 interchange project on U.S. 90.
Part of the Geaux South program to turn U.S. 90 into an interstate, the ongoing project will convert the intersection into a full-access interchange that will reconstruct the existing U.S. 90 frontage roads to provide access to La. 318.
The first increase in Louisiana’s gas tax in more than a quarter of a century is all but certain to be one of the recommendations of a just underway transportation task force named by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“I think that is what you are going to see coming out of it,” said House Transportation Committee Chairman Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville and a member of the influential committee.
The task force has only had one meeting, with another one scheduled for next month.
On July 12, the I-49 South Coalition was present at the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment. The Task Force was created to research, identify, and make recommendations on achieving sustainable recurring funding levels to address Louisiana’s $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance needs and on funding the construction of critical infrastructure projects across the state.
Throughout this process, the I-49 South Coalition will continue to be engaged in advocating for the completion of I-49 South as Louisiana’s top transportation investment priority.