Sometime within the next decade, the Interstate-49 corridor extending through St. Landry Parish will appear commercially different, according to parish economic executive director Bill Rodier.
Rodier envisions motorists who will eventually encounter a number of retail options along a 38-mile stretch filled with high-volume traffic and service road connections that serve as commercial platforms from northern Lafayette to just north of Washington.
The effort toward making that Midway Corridor concept a reality in St. Landry, Rodier says, has already begun.
Four communities — Grand Coteau, Sunset, Opelousas and Washington — located along I-49 and parish government officials have signed on to a three-phase plan for the Midway Corridor Strategic Growth Initiative that includes studying environmental and land-use concerns, the creation of committees that have land oversight authority and the development of a marketing plan that advertises further economic development.
“How we do this planning is super important,” Rodier said. “This whole plan is based on managed growth along that corridor and we have to make sure that we do it correctly.
“I am absolutely certain that the I-49 area in the parish will look a lot different even in the next five years. In 10 years, it will be hard to find any green space.”
Rodier adds that he doesn’t have to look that far to see how the proper…