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Old 05-25-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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According to the census data, the Lafayette metro grew 1% between 2014 & 2015 for a total gain of right around 5,000 residents.
In the face of the oil downturn that's certainly welcome & a noticeable growth but it's definitely nowhere near being in a "rapid growth" mode.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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Hopefully, with all the growth they're having, they're taking into account planning the infrastructure for future mass transit options.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Right now Lafayette is building lots of amenities and expanding existing projects. The construction is largely business related. Lots of shopping centers and a neverending flow of new restaurants. I think like 30 of them opened in 2015-16
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Hopefully, with all the growth they're having, they're taking into account planning the infrastructure for future mass transit options.
Don't hold your breath.
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Old 05-28-2016, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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When is Lafayette going to turn Hwy 90 into I-49 S? It's been so many years...
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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When is Lafayette going to turn Hwy 90 into I-49 S? It's been so many years...
There is a plan for it. Who knows what stage its at though. Its not an easy project to do. Would involve either building an elevated road or tearing down neighborhoods.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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There is a plan for it. Who knows what stage its at though. Its not an easy project to do. Would involve either building an elevated road or tearing down neighborhoods.
It's been a hot topic locally over the last several months. The 5.5 mile route from I-10 to the airport has been chosen, but the design is being discussed through community workshops with several design options being presented. A big topic is whether it should be elevated or semi-depressed, or a combination of the two.

What's the latest on the I-49 connector process?
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Denver
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They really need to re route I-49 around the city somehow, this will destroy the middle of the city.
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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I've been house hunting in both Lake Charles & Lafayette recently. Lake Charles seems to be growing faster right now in population than Lafayette. Lafayette housing is more of a buyer's market, reflecting the layoffs and lack of new people moving in, while the reverse is true in L.C.

L.C. is a much smaller city, of course. But it's landlocked and doesn't have space to grow out much, without getting into rice fields/plains (very unattractive), or north over tall bridges. There is a new large chemical plant being built, as well as a new pipeline project by KMI, and a beer manufacturer with pub attached. There is a housing shortage, so it's a seller's market. Additionally, the owners of houses for sale are doing their best to price gouge.

(I'm not moving to either city, though.)
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Old 05-30-2016, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It's been a hot topic locally over the last several months. The 5.5 mile route from I-10 to the airport has been chosen, but the design is being discussed through community workshops with several design options being presented. A big topic is whether it should be elevated or semi-depressed, or a combination of the two.

What's the latest on the I-49 connector process?
It should be elevated. We're in Louisiana after all, with flooding!
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