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I-49 continued development announced

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development recently announced its update and plan for the continued development of I-49 South, which will result in $3.7 billion in cost savings.

The I-49 South project will convert 160 miles of U.S. 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans into an interstate-quality roadway enhancing travel between the two cities but ultimately across the state and nation once completed.

In its efforts to move forward on I-49 South, DOTD recently completed a study that analyzed the corridor from Raceland to the Westbank Expressway and from Wax Lake Outlet to Berwick.

The study helped find improvements and efficiencies to lower costs and re-evaluated the concept for converting U.S. 90 to an interstate facility.

Details of the revised plans will be further evaluated through Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements as part of the NEPA process. The SEIS process is expected to begin in 2014 and will include public outreach by DOTD.