May 26, 2016 02:24 PM

Results of week-long design charrette will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary School cafeteria.

PRETTY COOL: This re-imagined interchange at Willow Street is one of many conceptual designs for the proposed I-49 Connector.
Image courtesy Civic by Design

Some have taken to calling it the “most important” I-49 Connector meeting to date, so if you haven’t been involved in the past eight months of planning and meetings (pro and con), you might want to make this one.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School’s cafeteria (12th and Surrey streets), the Evangeline Corridor Initiative (which is being funded by a federal Tiger grant) will make a closing presentation on the results of its week-long design charrette. The team’s primary focus is not the proposed Connector itself but improvements to the areas around the five-mile stretch, including — and perhaps most important — the impact on neighborhoods. Using high-quality plans and renderings, the charrette team will on Friday offer a detailed explanation of the various scenes and visions that emerged from the design process, which got underway Saturday.

In the meantime, the charrette continues today through 7 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Center Downtown, where you can view the variety of Connector concepts under consideration and offer your feedback. Check them out before the Evangeline Corridor Initiative's closing presentation tomorrow for a better understanding of the overall project.

After Friday's feedback, the Evangeline group will present its final evaluation to the state Department of Transportation and Development, which is in charge of the overall conceptual design of the Connector.

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