Barricades going up along Mardi Gras parade route

Mardi Gras

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Barricades will be placed by Public Works along the first half of the parade route from E. Simcoe Street and Jefferson Street to E. Vermilion Street at Johnston Street.

Partial road closures will occur during that time, the Lafayette Police Department said. 

Barricades will be placed by Public Works along the second half of the parade route from Johnston Street at E. Vermillion to Cajun Field.

Partial road closures will occur during that morning. 

STORY: LCG’s Street Supervisor Chad Nepveaux is as ready as he could be.

Nepveaux says 5,500 barricades and a 140 member crew will head-up the barricade deployment on Thursday and Friday. The crew will start at Simcoe and Surrey and move onto congress and downtown.
“If you’re traveling in that area there is going to be some traffic congestion.  we will not be on Johnston Street until Friday,” says Nep

Nepveaux says Friday will be an all day affair. The crew will work Johnston Street to North College and onto Cajunfield. “It’s a constant rotation. We unload them.  Whe trailer comes back and gets another load.  A trailer holds about 40 when you think about it; that’s close to 120 loads to get all those barricades moved,” says Nepveaux.

The parade route affects a lot of intersections. LCG says police will close all streets on and around the route one hour before the parade.  Officials say no streets will reopen until everyone has been removed from the area. 

“With the rain coming possibly; we got to get rain gear together. We might have to do this thing in the rain. Unfortunately, that’s going to be real fun but we got to make preparations for that,” says the street superintendent.

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