Roundabouts are designed to help traffic flow smoothly. Although they are not new to the Acadiana area, more could come in the next few years.
An ordinance approved by the Lafayette Consolidated Government authorizes a series of studies for roundabouts at various locations within the Lafayette Metropolitan study Area. These areas include Carencro, Broussard, Youngsville, Scott and Duson. The study area also includes Vermillion, St. Martin and Acadia parishes. The study will include almost thirty intersection.
The Department of Transportation and Development has done their own studies, separate from LCG, and is set to begin construction on several in Acadiana over the next few years.
Deidra Lockhart, Public Information Officer for DOTD said, "We do have several roundabout projects coming up in the Acadiana Region. We're looking at doing some projects in St. Martin Parish and also in Iberia Parish as well."
One roundabout project set to begin construction next month is located is Scott at the intersection of LA 93 and LA 3168. this will be the home of the very first roundabout for the city.
"I think the roundabouts have been proven to work in Lafayette Parish. The roundabouts are safer, the roundabouts are more efficient", said Mayor Purvis Morrison.
The project, set to cost a little over 2.3 million dollars, is being funded by stimulus money, and is said to be a much need addition to the area.
"A lot of times, there was quite a bit of congestion there and that area did experience quite a few crashes," said Lockhart.
With the amount of traffic and businesses in the area, the main concern now becomes constructive the intersection without causing an economic downturn and without aggravating motorists. Lockhart said the roundabout will be built in phases, to help alleviate any problems with traffic.
Morrison said he and officials with DOTD will be holding a meeting in October with business owners to help them better understand the phases, and how to help them during the construction.