Franklin Associates is participated on this DOTD project as a consultant to Providence Engineering for the Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG), completing the Stage 0 segment in November of 2009. Presently the team is mid-way through DOTD’s Stage 1 environmental feasibility study component. With I-49 completed from Lafayette to Shreveport, a 39-mile gap currently exists from I-20 in Shreveport to the Arkansas state line. Construction is already underway for I-49 North extending from the Arkansas state line south to I-220 in Shreveport. This leaves a 3.8 mile gap between I-20 and I-220 in Shreveport where this “Inner-City Connector” would complete I-49 in North Louisiana.
Franklin Associates has managed and executed the public outreach and involvement efforts for each of these stages of the I-49 ICC project. This has included neighborhood canvassing, meetings with stakeholder groups, distribution of flyers, advertising, media coordination, and facilitation of general public meetings. Because this study examines the feasibility of constructing a new urban interstate highway, opinions are often strong on either side. Franklin takes pride in ensuring that factual information is presented and that objective recording and reporting of the events and survey results take place.