“It will be for us the economic stimulus we’ve been needing for decades…for jobs to be created in that area. It provides us the opportunity to begin to train our community workforce.”

Those words came from Pastor Ken Lazard with Destiny of Faith Church in Lafayette as he spoke about the I-49 Lafayette Connector.

Pastor Lazard and One Acadiana President & CEO Jason El Koubi joined “Acadiana’s Morning News” to discuss the importance of the I-49 Lafayette Connector to the north side of Lafayette and in connecting Lafayette to other regions.

El Koubi described the I-49 Lafayette Connector as “the single biggest project opportunity we’ve had in our region’s history.”

“We believe no change is no option,” stated El Koubi. “We’ve got to move forward with urgency. That’s what we’re doing.”

Lafayetteconnector.com describes the I-49 Lafayette Connector Project below:

The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a future 5.5-mile segment of limited-access highway that will extend I-49 from I-10 to the Lafayette Regional Airport. It is a critical transportation link for Lafayette and the state as a whole. The I-49 Lafayette Connector is a key component of I-49 South, which will:


Function as a Critical Hurricane Evacuation Route


Complete a Major Energy and Trade Corridor to the Nation


Enhance Safety by Providing New Interstate Connectivity Within the Lafayette Region and to New Orleans