The revitalization of the University Avenue Corridor (the Corridor) is a priority project for the City and Parish of Lafayette due to its rich history and strategic location, both for local access and statewide access. University Avenue once served as a primary route connecting Carencro to the core of Lafayette, and the Corridor was a vibrant hub of business and commercial activity. Unfortunately, the construction of I-10, Evangeline Thruway, Ambassador Caffery, and I-49 significantly changed traffic patterns and the Corridor has since experienced a significant decline in real estate and commercial activity.
The goal for the CSRS team is to deliver a corridor planning study that builds upon the vision for the University Avenue Corridor in Plan Lafayette as a vibrant, multi-modal and mixed-use corridor that adds value to its surrounding communities by providing specific recommendations and actionable steps to implement that vision.
CSRS is responsible for data gathering, public outreach and awareness, work plan development, planning administration, master plan production, and other services required to complete the Corridor study. Data collection will include determining rights-of-way, identifying existing utilities, conducting traffic counts, and coordinating with LaDOTD, obtaining public transit utilization trends, and providing for safety improvements for pedestrian traffic. CSRS will also engage the community to promote the project and will develop branding and logo as part of the strategy to encourage public buy-in. Our team will conduct land acquisition research and road transfer programs, locate Brownsfield sites, and assist with environmental assessments. CSRS will also help AMPO identify potential funding resources.
Mark Goodson is CSRS’ Resilience Practice Lead who oversees a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that advises clients on how to survive, adapt, and thrive during changing conditions. Mr. Goodson and our resilience team members provide technical assistance to commercial and governmental clients across the U.S. He is a representative in the 100 Resilient Cities organization, and CSRS is one of the organization’s platform partners. Mr. Goodson’s career spans over 12 years, during which time he focused on resilience, urban planning and redevelopment, finance, and program management. Mr. Goodson holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Public Administration, both from Louisiana State University.Contact