Frontage road extension planned in New Iberia


NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) – There’s a problem with a frontage road off U.S. Highway 90 in New Iberia that’s located between LA 14 Center Street and Avery Island Road.

Drivers can’t take the frontage road to get to Avery Island Road.

“This road, barely, just takes you all the way around in a circle back to Highway 14 that’s over there but you have no access to Highway 90 going this way,” said David Merrill, a former New Iberia city councilman who works at the Musson Patout auto dealership.

Another frontage road ends at Avery Island Road, but doesn’t connect to the other frontage road.

“You can’t get across Avery Island Road you have to go further up Avery and turn and come back down Center Street,” said Deidra Druilhet of the Acadiana Planning Commission.

The good news is that the problem is being addressed. Druilhet said the frontage road will be extended at a cost of $1.1 million.

“It’s going to make it a lot easier for motorists to access those businesses once we’re now able to connect those two frontage roads,” she said.

Merrill said community members and customers have been waiting for the frontage roads to be connected for years. He said the project will be good for the area.

“People from Avery Island, from that road can either come here or we can leave from here and hit Avery Island Road and go straight to 90,” Merrill said. “That’s going to be a lot of good possibilities to add more customers coming in.”

This project will give drivers direct access to Avery Island Road and to the businesses along the frontage road. However, the Acadiana Planning Commission plans things out pretty far in advance so this project won’t even go out to bid until 2022.”

Druilhet said frontage roads make it easier for motorists to access businesses and homes.

She said many farmers use frontage roads to stay off busy highways. This extension will help them as well.

Druilhet also said the frontage extension will also help in the effort to upgrade U.S. 90 to Interstate 49 South.

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