From The Publisher: April 2014
By Art Suberbielle
Recently the state of Louisiana has sold bonds to continue financing the construction of I-49. Not South unfortunately, but North to Arkansas.
The I-49 South portion is mostly an upgrade of U.S. 90 to meet the interstate standards. While a great deal of this work has been accomplished, it all comes to an end at the Captain Cade Road intersection driving northbound towards Lafayette.
What concerns me is all the recent work along the corridor well before LeTriomphe and into
Lafayette does not meet interstate standards. Instead of constructing overpasses and service roads to limit access as required along interstate highways, we are seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent to band-aid U.S. 90. Now there are numerous J turns allowing traffic to cross over oncoming lanes. Some of these even include traffic signals that stop traffic along U.S. 90 so vehicles can turn across the lanes. Admittedly, these improvements should make it a bit safer to travel along that portion of the highway.
But does this do anything toward achieving the ultimate goal of completing I-49 South? Or does it simply indicate that our elected officials have backed away from this project for the foreseeable future? What message does this work send to other statewide officials? Does it imply, “We’re satisfied with this band-aid approach to our roadway. It’s okay for the state to spend highway money elsewhere.”
The often stated explanation about why I-49 South has not been completed is because of the cost of the project. However, if we keep spending money in other places (as in North Louisiana) we will never finish the southern portion. Let’s not settle for anything less than the completion of I-49 South. We must let our voices be heard!
Verse of the Month
“God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11 - 12