nother piece to the I-49 puzzle is now complete – Gov. John Bel Edwards cut the ribbon on a $57 million overpass in early May, making U.S. 90 from Ambassador Caffery in Lafayette to La Hwy 1 in Raceland, 85 miles of controlled highway and vice-versa.
The overpass is located over U.S. Hwy 90 at La. Hwy 18, in Four Corners, in St. Mary Parish, but just a stone’s throw to Jeanerette, in Iberia Parish.
Two red lights – both located in St. Mary Parish, one in Bayou Vista and the other in Berwick are the only stops on a route that promises to increase transportation for oil and gas and sugar, as well as providing quicker evacuations for the residents of Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.
Edwards said infrastructure projects like the overpass, “are vital to our existence.”
At a recent meeting with the Organization for International Investment, the governor said that he learned the organization which boats 50 of the world’s biggest investors, thinks the state’s number one problem is its infrastructure.
“We love Louisiana, they said. But we have a problem. It’s not the way you do business, or how much you tax that concerns us, it’s your transportation infrastructure that makes us question whether Louisiana is the place we should invest our money,” Edwards said.
State Sen. Bret Allain, who was present with Edwards at the ribbon cutting, pointed out that with the completion of Hwy 318, there is now more than 85 miles of controlled highway between Ambassador Caffery in Lafayette, to La Hwy 1 in Raceland, and vice-versa.
“There are now only two traffic lights between Ambassador Caffery and Raceland. How’s that for a clean transportation route?” he said.
Lafourche Councilman Corey Perrilloux said he is excited about the highway because it is a plus for hurricane evacuation.
“Anything that moves impediments out of the way, so folks can get to safety, is a win,” he said. •