Great news to report as two major road projects happening in Lafayette are nearing their completion.

Kaliste Saloom Road and Ambassador Caffery Parkway are two of the most traveled roadways in the Hub City. They have also been under construction for what seems like forever.

Kaliste Saloom Widening Project

This widening project has been one of the major traffic projections happening in the Hub City over the past 1-2 years. The roundabout linking Kaliste Saloom and E. Broussard Road was completed in November of 2020 and it has been a welcome way to better handle traffic in the area.

Kaliste Saloom Road/E. Broussard Road Roundabout, google street view
Kaliste Saloom Road/E. Broussard Road Roundabout, google street view
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Workers are currently installing yard drains, completing catch basin and manhole tops, installing street lighting, constructing concrete curbing, sidewalks, and driveways. Workers will continue southward from Farrel Drive, then begin striping and signing the roadways.

Kaliste Saloom Road Construction, google street view
Kaliste Saloom Road Construction, google street view
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When complete, the 2.2-mile stretch of Kaliste Saloom to E. Broussard Road will have five lanes, a turn lane in the middle and sidewalks.

So, When Will The Project Be Completed?

Officials with Lafayette Consolidated Government say the Kaliste Saloom Road Widening Project is expected to be complete in August 2022, weather permitting. That's one month ahead of the original contracted completion date of September 2022.

Let's just pray a hurricane doesn't come and spoil those plans.

Ambassador Caffery Parkway Construction Project

Great news to report as another round of roadwork on Ambassador Caffery has been completed. Crews have been working on various sidewalk repairs along with concrete pavement patching as they have been repairing the inside and outside lanes between Old Camp Road to the Vermilion River.

Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lane Closure, KPEL Photo
Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lane Closure, KPEL Photo
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Whether you are traveling during the nighttime work hours during the week or while work is being done during the day over the weekends, the construction has caused traffic to back up in the area pretty significantly.

Ambassador Caffery Construction Traffic, TSM Photo
Ambassador Caffery Construction Traffic, TSM Photo
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Now, the next phase of the project includes more concrete pavement patching and various sidewalk repairs on the outside lane of Ambassador from Broadmoor Boulevard (just past the Vermilion River) to Kaliste Saloom Road.

Ambassador Caffery Construction Traffic, TSM Photo
Ambassador Caffery Construction Traffic, TSM Photo
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Nightly lane closures is scheduled to happen for one month beginning Friday, April 8 until Sunday, May 8, weather permitting. The only exception will be for the Easter Holiday from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, during which no lane closures will be allowed in order to facilitate holiday traffic.

  • Weeknight lane closures (Monday through Thursday) will begin at 8:00 p.m. and continue until 6:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • Weekend lane closures will begin on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and extend continuously (daytime and nighttime) until the following Monday at 6:00 a.m.

The overall project is slated to be completed in Early Summer 2022.

Johnston Street Construction Update

Another huge project has been the ongoing construction on Johnston Street as J-turns have been installed across the very popular roadway.

Johnston Street at Southcity Parkway/Duhon Road Intersection, google street view
Johnston Street at Southcity Parkway/Duhon Road Intersection, google street view
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Work crews will perform temporary striping operations on the northbound right lane of Johnston from LA 724 (Duhon Road)/Southcity Parkway to Ambassador Caffery on Wednesday night from 7:30 PM until 6:00 AM the next morning.

Also, crews will do the same work on the southbound right lane of Johnston from Ambassador Caffery to LA 724 (Duhon Road)/Southcity Parkway on Wednesday night from 9:30 PM until 8:30 AM the next morning.

Interstate 10 Lane Closures

We also want to remind you that Louisiana DOTD workers are currently repairing a damaged rail along I-10, which is causing them to close the right lane westbound just past Exit 127(LA 127/Whiskey Bay).

Google Maps/Google Streetview
Google Maps/Google Streetview
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These lane closures are happening from now to April 17th at the following times:

  • Monday-Tuesday 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Tuesday-Wednesday 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Wednesday-Thursday 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Thursday-Friday 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Friday-Saturday 9:00 PM – 6:00 AM
  • Saturday-Sunday 9:00 PM – 6:00 AM
  • Sunday-Monday 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM

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