In a recent national report, Louisiana ranked 45th in the country as best states for transportation.
Eight months into the job, One Acadiana CEO and president Troy Wayman has been focusing on the regional infrastructure visioning report, or RIVR, which highlights the top road projects to tackle in the nine parish region.
“It’s narrowed down to 21 projects that have strongest regional impact,” Wayman said.
Pat Lewis, Lafayette councilman for District 3, says more prep may save money in the long run.
“We should start doing more pre-maintenance on the roads,” the official said.
Another issue is the large amount of money tied up in backlog infrastructure projects.
“We are sitting on a $4 billion backlog of infrastructure projects,” say Wayman. “That is a significant amount of money.”
Billy Guidry is the assistant superintendent of business services for LPSS. Guidry says there are over 30 scheduled project in the works for public schools in Lafayette Parish.
“We just finished up on a 3rd bond sale,” he said.
Over $2.5 million have been put into giving Northside High a facelift.
There is a plan to eventually build a new Lafayette high school in the works, and land is being looked at to buy in order to build several new elementary schools.
“Progress is being made, especially with this school board,” said Jeremy Hidalgo, vice president of the Lafayette Parish School Board.