Construction has already begun on the Kaliste Saloom project that will extend Kaliste Saloom to Cue Rd near E Broussard Rd. The much anticipated road extension project expected to greatly relieve traffic in the area was made possible by joint cooperation between state and local government and is the result of years of effort.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel stopped by “Mornings with Ken and Bernie” for his weekly “Lafayette Live” segment today to discuss the city of Lafayette's plans for the road extension as well as explain what took so long.

"The first physical piece you see of this is the outfall", explained City-Parish President Durel. "They're making the huge drains that eventually all the drains will connect to, but we've been working with property owners all along. The next phase you will see very soon is utility relocation. That's going to take quite awhile, but that's going to be more obvious construction."

Durel said that plans for the project could not get started until the city acquired the road from the state. Durel told KPEL that though the state had planned on improving the road, those plans would not begin in the near future. Durel felt the city could not afford to wait that long.

We took that road over from the state because the state had that road projected, not started, projected for 2028. When I got to office I realized there was no way we could wait for 2028. -Joey Durel

Plans for the Kaliste Saloom extension include a focus on bike lanes, a roundabout to help with traffic flow, and an intersection at Cue Rd.