LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - Road construction happening on roads and highways that run in and through Lafayette continue as Louisiana DOTD crews seek to make it safer and smoother to travel across the Hub City.

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This week, there are some road projects you should know about that'll affect roadways across our area, mainly Johnston Street and the Evangeline Thruway.

Daytime Lane Closures to Happen After Labor Day on Johnston Street in Lafayette, Louisiana

If you've driven down Johnston Street lately, you know some areas are now very smooth and others are very rough. On the Tuesday following Labor Day, The asphalt work continues as DOTD crews will be concentrating on two areas of the heavily-traveled roadway:

Johnston Street between Aqueduct Drive and E. Broussard Road, google street view
Johnston Street between Aqueduct Drive and E. Broussard Road, google street view
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  • Johnston Street from Maurice to Aqueduct Drive will have intermittent lane closures on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 5 and 6) between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Johnston Street from Touchet Road to Maurice will have intermittent lane closures on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 5 and 6) between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Johnston Street at E./W. Broussard Roads, Google street views
Johnston Street at E./W. Broussard Roads, Google street views
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The road will be open to regular traffic with an 12-foot lane restriction on oversized loads passing through the work zone.

Emergency vehicles will have access to the area but may encounter delays.

Louisiana DOTD Project to Begin Repairs on Evangeline Thruway and US 90 in Lafayette

As we all know, driving on the Evangeline Thruway and US 90 makes for a very bumpy ride. It is in desperate need of repair.

Evangeline Thruway at Pinhook Road, google street view
Evangeline Thruway at Pinhook Road, google street view
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Well, as previously reported, a $21.1 million project will target two sections of the roadway:

  • Evangeline Thruway from the railroad junction to East Pinhook Road
  • U.S. 90 from La. 92 (Young Street) to La. 88 (Coteau Road)

This project will include concrete pavement patching, asphalt concrete paving, joint sealing, dowel bar retrofit, high-density polyurethane foam (slab jacking), handicap ramps, and related work.

Hwy. 90 at Young Street, google street view
Hwy. 90 at Young Street, google street view
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Work during the week will begin on Tuesday, September 5, and will happen during the following times:

Monday - Thursday: 8 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Work during the weekend will happen continuously from Friday evenings at 8 PM until 6 AM Monday mornings. This means you can expect to see workers on scene throughout the day and the night.

Drivers can expect alternating double lane closures during the project. The periodic lane closures are required to perform slab jacking and concrete pavement patching operations within the roadway.

The project is estimated to be completed by spring 2025.

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