About the LMEC

About the LMEC

Commission History

The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission (LMEC) was formed in 2003 under Act 893 during the regular session of the Louisiana Legislature. Act 893 recognizes that public revenue, including federal funding, has not kept up with the pace of the Lafayette region’s growing transportation needs. Act 893 gives the LMEC specific authority to pursue nontraditional funding sources, including toll road alternatives, to promote economic growth thereby improving the quality of life for the people of Lafayette and the surrounding parishes. It is the mission of the LMEC to supplement public revenue sources for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a safe and efficient limited-access highway system exclusively within Lafayette Parish (provisions are to be made to go outside of Lafayette Parish).


The LMEC is comprised of 11 directors who serve on a voluntary basis. Members are appointed by governing bodies and organizations within Lafayette Parish:

Two members are appointed by each, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and One Acadiana.

The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) appoints two members. One of the LA DOTD appointees must be the District 3 (Lafayette region)  engineer.

One member is appointed by the Chief Executive Officer of the incorporated areas of the parish other than the City of Lafayette.

One member is appointed by the Lafayette Consolidated Government City-Parish President.

One member is appointed by the Lafayette Consolidated  Government City-Parish Council.

The current members include:

Chairman Elaine Abell - Lafayette Economic Development Authority
Vice Chairman James "Tex" Plumley, Jr. - Lafayette Economic Development Authority
Secretary/Treasurer Lloyd Rochon

Board of Directors:

Jason El Koubi - One Acadiana
Ross Walters - One Acadiana
Eric Kalivoda - LA Department of Transportation and Development
William J. Olivier, Jr., P.E. - LA Department of Transportation and Development
Stevem Hebert
Dr. Thomas "Tom" Sammons - UL Lafayette
Dr. Xiaoduan Sun - UL Lafayette

Upcoming Meetings

The LMEC holds quarterly meetings. All meetings are held at 9 a.m. at:

211 E. Devalcourt St.,
Lafayette, LA 70506.

For more information, visit the LMEC Meetings page.