Sept. 22, 2016 01:47 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment will hear about Acadiana's transportation needs on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at LITE.

DOTD Sec. Shawn Wilson
Photo by Robin May

The task force’s co-chairs ­— Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson and Maj. Gen. John Basilica of the Louisiana National Guard, a former DOTD undersecretary who is now vice president and Gulf Coast district leader for HNTB Corporation — will attend the regional meeting, along with other representatives of the 18-member panel. They will hear from Acadiana public officials, business leaders and other stakeholders about regional transportation needs and priorities.

Edwards appointed the task force in June to research, identify and make specific actionable recommendations on reducing Louisiana’s $12.7 billion transportation backlog and funding the construction of new “megaprojects” in the Statewide Transportation Plan, such as the I-49 Lafayette Connector. The panel is due to submit its recommendations to the governor by Jan. 1.

The regional meeting, hosted by the Acadiana Planning Commission, One Acadiana and LEDA, is from 10 a.m. to noon at LITE on Cajundome Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.