Report calls I-49 connector a boondoggle

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Dorothy Wiley is upset at the fact her neighborhood, Allendale may face extinction in the future.

“I don’t know what to do. How much money do I need to invest in my home and then they’re going to come through and tear it down, and give me this amount of money but I’ve invested this amount of money in it,” said Wiley.

The Interstate 49 project has taken years to complete in northwest Louisiana.

Its last phase is a $650Million intercity connector with a proposed route going through Allendale.

“Never notified and we live in the community,” said Wiley.

Wiley is a hurricane Katrina survivor.

Allendale has been her home for more than a decade.

It’s something her and Louis Brossett are not ready to lose.

He’s been here since the 19-50’s.

“Jesus is going to step in this that’s all I’m depending on,” said Brossett.

A new report from US PIRG.org claims the inner city connector would do little to alleviate traffic congestion and is a waste of money, however, Louisiana DOTD officials found flaws in the group’s findings.

https://uspirg.org/reports/usp/highway-boondoggles-4

Wiley believes transportation officials should look at other cities for guidance.

“My mom always told me to go somewhere and learn some sense and then come back. So, I feel like these people here need to go somewhere and learn some sense.”

The Department of Transportation and Development says the community will benefit from the project and great care would be taken to treat people fairly through the process if they’re adversely impacted.

Brossett believes their elected officials have not been a voice of the people.

“So many of the government officials and city officials have struggled to fight against us.”

Transportation officials say LA 3132 is another route being considered but it would cost nearly a billion dollars.

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