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Lafayette Regional Xpressway Public Hearing

Jan 17, 2019 11:26AM ● By Staff Writer

The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission (LMEC) invites all citizens and interested parties to attend a public hearing on the proposed Lafayette Regional Xpressway (LRX) in Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. The LRX is proposed as a controlled-access toll road on new location connecting US Highway (US) 90 south of Lafayette, Interstate 10 (I-10) west of Lafayette, and Interstate 49 (I-49) north of Lafayette. The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) evaluating potential corridors is available for review at local libraries in all four parishes, at (here), and on DOTD's web site at the link: LRX Tier 1 DEIS. A Preferred Corridor has been identified and will be presented at the hearing.

The public is invited to view exhibits and speak with the project team from 5:30-6:00 pm. A formal presentation will be held from 6:00-6:15 pm with a break to allow another opportunity to view exhibits and speak with members of the project team. The public is invited to provide comments in a moderated and recorded forum from 6:45-7:30. Any written comments received by or postmarked on or before March 11, 2019 or 45 days following publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register, whichever is later, will become a part of the record. All questions will be answered, and comments addressed in the Tier 1 Final EIS.

Public Hearing Open House Schedule

Tuesday, February 28, 2019
South Regional Library
6101 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA
5:30-7:30 pm

Comments may be submitted via the project Web site (, at the public hearing, or by U.S. mail to LRX Project Team, HNTB Corporation, 10000 Perkins Rowe, Ste. 640, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.

If special assistance is required due to a disability in order to participate at this public hearing, please contact Kate Prejean by U.S. mail at the address above, by E-mail ([email protected]) or by telephone at (225) 368-2800 at least five working days prior the public hearing date.

About the LMEC:
The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission (LMEC) was formed in 2003 under Act 893 during the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature. Act 893 recognizes that public revenue, including federal funding, has not kept up with the pace of the Lafayette region’s growing transportation needs. Act 893 gives the LMEC specific authority to pursue nontraditional funding sources, including toll road alternatives, to promote economic growth thereby improving the quality of life for the people of Lafayette and the surrounding parishes. It is the mission of the LMEC to supplement public revenue sources for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a safe and efficient limited-access highway system exclusively within Lafayette Parish (provisions are to be made to go outside of Lafayette Parish).

What is the LRX?

The Lafayette Regional Xpressway (LRX) is a transportation improvement project that was initiated in 2004 by the Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission.

The LRX is proposed as a controlled-access toll road using a new location to connect I-49 north of Lafayette near the city of Carencro, I-10 west of Lafayette near the cities of Scott and Duson and U.S. 90 south of the city of Lafayette near the city of Youngsville at U.S. 90.

Major interchanges are proposed at I-49, I-10, U.S. 167/Johnston Street and U.S. 90, with consideration for interchanges with other cross streets.  The proposed facility would be four lanes with potential for expansion to six lanes.

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