$21 million being spent on I-49 Lafayette consultants, engineers

$21 million being spent on I-49 Lafayette consultants, engineers

National, state and local consultants and engineers are sharing more than $21 million for planning and design work on the Interstate 49 Lafayette connector project.

Three firms are getting $14 million of the $21 million.

The core team includes:

* Stantec Consulting Services Inc., planning, engineering and architecture specialists with an office in Baton Rouge, $6.2 million

* AECOM USA Inc., infrastructure designers and builders, $5.6 million

* GEC Inc., consulting and engineering specialists whose corporate headquarters is in Baton Rouge, $2.27 million.

Other companies working on the project include:

* Ardaman and Associates Inc., an engineering firm with five offices in Louisiana, $1.88  million

* Professional Engineering and Surveying Company Inc., with offices in Lafayette, $1.39 million

* TBE Group Inc. (doing business as Cardno), geotechnical and environmental services specialists with offices in Lafayette Parish, $1.36 million

* Forte and Tablada Inc., engineering and land surveyors with offices in Louisiana, $889,798

* SDR Engineering Consultants Inc., bridge designers, $740,120

* BBR Creative of Lafayette, advertising agency, $642,901

* Domingue, Szabo and Associates Inc., engineering firm in Lafayette, $43,821.

Federal and state agencies in October relaunched the I-49 Lafayette connector project, a 5.5-mile, six-lane section of freeway to run from just south of Lafayette Regional Airport to Interstate 10.

A process never before used to build a highway in Louisiana, called the Context Sensitive Solutions process, will be used to gather public input on the planning and design of the project. No money has been identified to build the interstate.

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