LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A proposal to study an alternative path for Interstate 49 South that would bypass Lafayette appears dead for this year.
State Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, and state Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, filed a legislative "study request" asking the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to evaluate the so-called "Teche Ridge" route for I-49 South, which would skirt Lafayette to the east through rural St. Martin Parish.
Such requests do not require a vote but can be blocked if at least one third of the House or the Senate file written objections. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/1adzcyp ) the House approved the request, but 15 of Louisiana's 39 senators objected to the proposed study, legislative records show.
Landry says the objections mean the study proposal is off the table for this year.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com
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