The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a 5.5-mile segment of the future extension of Interstate 49 from Lafayette through South Louisiana to New Orleans. The Connector will cross through the city beginning at the present I-10/I-49 interchange, then follow the Evangeline Thruway/US 90 past the Lafayette Regional Airport to Kaliste Saloom Road.

Connect Lafayette is a coalition of community organizations that believes the status quo of the Evangeline Thruway is unacceptable, and the Lafayette Connector has the potential to relieve congestion, revitalize our urban neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life in Acadiana.

Transportation & Mobility Benefits

Locally and regionally the Lafayette Connector will significantly enhance the area’s network of arterial roads by improving mobility and access for residents and businesses alike, relieving congestion on our overburdened local road system and improving connectivity across Acadiana.

As a component of the extension of I-49, the project provides a critically needed hurricane evacuation route for the 1+ million residents of South Louisiana while simultaneously expanding the state’s highway network with an alternative to the highly congested I-10 route through Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Interstate 49 will ultimately connect New Orleans, South Louisiana, and Acadiana to Winnipeg, Canada, via Kansas City, completing a transportation route of international significance for energy, trade, freight transport, and long-term economic development.

Urban Revitalization Benefits

A well-designed Connector, informed by the needs and aspirations of the community, has the potential to transform the Evangeline Thruway Corridor and improve conditions in Lafayette’s urban core and north-side neighborhoods.