State transportation officials were in Lafayette Wednesday to celebrate the completion of a $20,000,000.00 highway widening project that took two years to complete.

A seven-mile stretch of US 90 from Pinhook Road to Broussard will be six lanes starting Wednesday night. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development spokesperson Jodi Conachen says this is a very important corridor:

Fifty thousand drivers use it everyday so it's obviously very well traversed, lots of people in the community using it. It's also a connector for industry down to the port all the way down into New Orleans, all the way up to I-10.

Conachen says expanding this stretch of highway to six lanes is an important piece to one day extending I-49 from Lafayette to New Orleans:

We're working towards getting the entire corridor up to standard. It's an expensive endeavor and this is just one step in a $20,000,000.00 project.