Southcity Parkway project includes new river crossing

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – A detailed route survey for the Southcity Parkway expansion project has been completed, according to LCG Public Works Director Mark Dubroc. 

He said the preliminary plans are 35 percent complete. 

LCG can start buying properties once officials determine the rights of way needed.  

“This is a good alternative route to create a new corridor,” said Dubroc. “The traffic impact of it is significant.” 

The project will add another crossing over the Vermilion River – parallel to Ambassador Caffery Parkway and E. Broussard Road. 

LCG has received preliminary approval on the type of bridge and its location. 

“The Coast Guard exempted us from the requirement for a moveable span so we’ll be able do a fixed-span bridge which is much less costly than a moveable span,” said Dubroc. 

The parkway extension will be four lanes with a boulevard like the existing parkway is now.  

It will be a mile and a half long, running from Robley Drive to Kaliste Saloom Road.  

The estimated price tag is $23 million but LCG officials say that number is likely to go up. 

“We’re going to be at a major intersection, sooner or later,” said Jennifer Latiolais, the owner of Cute Cuts and More. 

Her shop is located on Kaliste Saloom Road across from the spot where the new parkway will end. She thinks it will help her business. 

“I’m going to have a billboard for a major intersection,” she said. “I don’t even have to pay for the billboard I’m right here!” 

Latiolais isn’t far from the busy Ambassador Caffery/Kaliste Saloom intersection. 

She said the traffic can be terrible. 

“We just stay stuck right here. I watch traffic every morning, every afternoon, just stop right in front of the shop,” Latiolais said.  

“I think now that we’re going to have another bridge it will just flow.” 

The new road and bridge are still years away from becoming reality. 

Dubroc said construction could start in four years, but everything would have to line up perfectly for that to happen. 

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