Mar 23, 2010 2:00 PM by Veronica White
A $150 million dollar road project affecting thousands of drivers in Lafayette Parish is on its way to approval.
"I'm confident it will occur; if the Federal Highway Administration approves it, that is a major milestone to moving a project like this forward," says Bill Fontenot with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
The proposed 9.5-mile extension of Ambassador Caffery Parkway would start at the north end of Ambassador Caffery near Renaud Drive, and connect it with I-49 and I-10.
The project would give drivers an easier route from Lafayette through to exit 7 off of I-49 in Carencro.
This project started because the DOTD and several other groups realized the needs of a growing community.
"It will reduce traffic on University, on I-49 and I-10, because most of the traffic in this area is being used on those interstates," says Fontenot.
"Early in the morning and late evening the stop signs are backed up, and in the mornings until that traffic light at the overpass" says Angie Bacque, who lives near end of Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
This project has been in planning since the mid-1990's.
Now they are seeking federal approvement, and next, they will need funding.
They hope to get these steps done soon because it will then take another 2 to 3 years to construct.
Officials say this construction will not interrupt neighbors living nearby.