A little over six million dollars is coming to Lafayette City Parish Government from the Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization for a variety of road projects.

LCG plans to use part of the money to fund two projects for the area of University Avenue. One project will use money for the creation of a roundabout at the intersection of University and Renaud Drive, and the second project will focus on unification of the University Avenue corridor.

Lafayette City Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says,

"I am pleased to have the funding to move forward with these catalyst-types of projects that are connected with the improvement of the University corridor. As a major gateway to the city, parish and the University of Louisiana , University Avenue does not reflect Lafayette as a vibrant, thriving and culturally-rich community. It is my hope that with renewed focus, we can begin the process of returning this area to its former cultural, social and economic status for those who live, work and travel along the corridor."

Robideaux says the goal is to make the area at University and I-10 as a gateway to Lafayette to welcome visitors.

The money will also be used for several other Lafayette projects including the following:

  • Sidewalks along South College Road from Johnston Street to Pinhook
  • Sidewalks on Carmel Drive from Louisiana Avenue to Lake Martin Road
  • Corridor studies along the West Simcoe, West Congress and Moss Street corridors

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is the organization that helps to develop projects needed in local communities by using 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local funds.