Lafayette Regional Expressway project gains momentum in Louisiana

The idea for a highway loop around Lafayette has been around since the 1950s. Six decades later, that vision appears to be stronger than ever.

A commission that’s been around since the early 2000s has placed the project on the front burner.

The proposed Lafayette Regional Expressway or LRX is meant to relive some of the congestion that’s so common on Acadiana roadways.

The LRS would be a 36 mile, four-lane toll road around the western side of Acadiana with controlled access exits.

Supporters say it would also spur economic development and provide another hurricane evacuation route.

“I think they had been talking about a loop for so long around Lafayette Parish and we had missed out,” said Elaine Abell, chairman of the Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission, which is spearheading the project.