Two major Lafayette Public Library construction projects will likely be going on at the same time, beginning early next year.

Plans are progressing to build an East Regional branch to serve the Broussard, Youngsville and Milton areas. The 15,000-square-foot facility will serve the rapidly growing area of the parish and replace the much smaller branches in those communities.

Architects have submitted their construction documents and they are being reviewed.

Meanwhile, the transition from the main branch on Congress Street to temporary spaces is still taking place.  The main library was built in 1973 and massive renovations will be taking place.

The projects are being funded almost entirely through a $40 million bond issue approved in 2002.