I-49 Connector will be done 'in most of your lifetimes,' lawmaker says

The elevated stretch of Interstate 49 along the edge of downtown Lafayette will be built “in most of your lifetimes” thanks to $200 million in one-time funding approved by the state legislature, one Lafayette lawmaker said.

Senate President Page Cortez, speaking during this morning’s legislative session recap put on by One Acadiana, said the money could keep the project moving and include funding to improve the bridge over the Vermilion River. The project will be kicked off in the spring of 2023, he said.

The one-time money was part of an effort legislators made to improving infrastructure in south Louisiana, with $300 million earmarked for a new Mississippi River bridge and $200 million for the new I-10 bridge in Lake Charles.

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