Lafayette

May 7, 2013 7:38 PM by Chris Welty & Tina Macias

Kaliste Saloom Expansion Planned

Roads across Acadiana desperately needing repairs could be funded if a bill makes it through the legislature.

Two House Committees passed the State's Capital Outlay budget, House Bill 2. The full house could vote on it this week.

The bill would pay for for billions of dollars in projects across the state ranging from building construction to road improvements. Here in Acadiana, more than 270 million dollars in projects could be funded.

Lafayette Parish would get nearly half of that money to help fund nearly 40 projects.

Among those projects, expanding and improving Lafayette's Kaliste Saloom Road. The project involves the stretch between Ambassador Caffery and E Broussard.

A bumpy ride and sitting in traffic is the norm for drivers on Kaliste Saloom Road. They say it's frustrating and one word comes to mind.

"Nightmare!" says Laura Calhoun. "Avoid it at all cost!"

Jeanne Declouet lives off E Broussard and Kaliste Saloom and says avoiding the traffic isn't an option.

"The three way stop is really bad, I'm always in traffic backed up to the bridge. Coming this way gets bad at 5:00."

Phase one is nearly complete and involves drainage improvements. Phase two will focus on relocating utilities and that's set to begin in the coming months. Then, the real work begins widening the road from two to five lanes. In the meantime, the road will be re-surfaced to keep it drivable.

"There will be a tremendous amount of construction out there. Those drivers are being inconvenienced now by a sub-standard roadway that's carrying the amount of traffic it carries," says Director of Public Works Tom Carroll.

Drivers are frustrated with congestion and poor road conditions. They say dealing with the construction over the next three years though will be worth it.

"I think it will be a pain through the process, but overall, it will be a great move because the city is growing that way," said Declouet.

Funding for $271,420,000 worth of construction projects in Acadiana could be funded through the state's capital outlay budget.
The money is prioritized. Priority 1 funds likely will be dispersed this year, while money for higher-numbered priorities could take years to become available.
The projects include:

Acadia Parish, $6,400,000
• Replacement of science laboratory fume hoods (LSUE), $1,670,000, Priority 2.
• Classroom community education building (LSUE), $1,150,000, Priority 1.
• Land acquisition for new slip construction (Mermentau River Harbor Terminal District, $225,000, Priority 1.
• Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements ($250,000 local match) (Crowley), $210,000, Priority 1.
• South Avenue H at Bayou Blanc, Bridge replacement (Crowley), $965,000, Priority 1
• Acadia Parish Convention and Visitors Commission Regional Conference Center, $260,000, Priority 1.
• Acadia Parish Convention and Visitors Commission Regional Conference Center, $1,920,000, Priority 5.

Evangeline Parish, $500,000
• New industrial facility and related infrastructure, $500,000, Priority 1.

Iberia Parish, $10,800,000
• Planning, permitting, engineering and right of way acquisition for Iberia Hurricane Protection Master Plan, $250,000, Priority 1.
• Walking track - Rynella Park, $70,000, Priority 1.
• Wasterwater system improvements for the Acadiana Regional Airport ($667,000 non-state match), $635,000, Priority 1.
• Sugar Cane Festival building improvements, $25,000, Priority 1.
• Loureauville multi-purpose community center (local match required), $220,000, Priority 1.
• LeMarie Memorial Airport, T-Hangar, $150,000, Priority 1.
• Five lane road extension from Hwy 675 to Hwy 3212, $1,070,000, Priority 1.
• Five lane road extension from Hwy 675 to Hwy 3212, $200,000, Priority 2.
• Five lane road extension from Hwy 675 to Hwy 3212, $1,600,000, Priority 5.
• Recreational complex, sports including baseball, $185,000, Priority 1.
• Recreational complex, sports including baseball, $150,000, Priority 2.
• Road extension from Sidney Blanchard Road to Ed Broussard Road, $150,000, Priority 1.
• Delcambre Shrimp Festival Pavilion (planning and construction), $150,000, Priority 1.
• Sewer treatment facility upgrade ($912,500 federal and/or local match) (Jeanerette), $190,000, Priority 2.
• City Park improvements (Jeanerette), $120,000, Priority 1.
• Police building improvements, $105,000, Priority 1.
• Loureauville Water Tower improvements, $75,000, Priority 1.
• Loureauville Water Tower improvements, $50,000, Priority 2.
• Frontage road improvements, real estate (New Iberia), $150,000, Priority 1.
• Sewer system upgrade Area D tributary ($360,000 local match) (New Iberia), $1,080,000, Priority 1.
• Sewer system upgrade Area D tributary ($360,000 local match) (New Iberia), $350,000, Priority 2.
• Armenco Branch Canal Drainage Improvements (non-state match required), $2,250,000, Priority 1.
• Progress Point Business Park and Airport Gateway, land acquisition, $1,575,000, Priority 1.

Jefferson Davis Parish, $22,505,000
• New construction or renovations to Morgan Smith Campus, $500,000, Priority 2.
• New construction or renovations to Morgan Smith Campus, $9,500,000, Priority 5.
• Regional Consolidated Jail facility, $835,000, Priority 2.
• Regional Consolidated Jail facility, $9,165,000, Priority 5.
• Rail loading facility at the agri-industrial park at Lacassine, $2,300,000, Priority 1.
• Janise Road Bridge repair, planning and construction, $65,000, Priority 1.
• Third Street West Bridge Repair, $140,000, Priority 1.

Lafayette Parish, $118,820,133
• Equipment for LITE, $500,000, Priority 1.
• Verot School Road, $500,000, Priority 1.
• Verot School Road, $24,000,000, Priority 5.
• Roof replacement - Tyler Mental Health Center, $1,180,000, Priority 1.
• Replace existing air conditioning/heating system and cleaning of vents at Dr. Joseph Henry Tyler Mental Health Center, $2,500,000, Priority 1.
• New emergency generator and chillers, UMC, $3,200,000, Priority 1.
• Mechanical equipment repairs (UMC) (compliance ), $1,300,000, Priority 1.
• Air handler replacement (UMC), $200,000, Priority 1.
• Air handler replacement (UMC), $1,780,000, Priority 5.
• Emergency room expansion, UMC, $2,045,000, Priority 1.
• Emergency room expansion, UMC, $2,800,000, Priority 5.
• Refurbish elevators, UMC, $1,490,000, Priority 1.
• Burke Hawthorne Hall Renovation and Expansion (UL), $5,350,000, Priority 1.
• Fletcher Hall Exterior Repairs (UL), $650,000, Priority 1.
• Fletcher Hall Exterior Repairs (UL), $2,850,000, Priority 5.
• Fletcher Hall Exterior Repairs (UL), $2,205,133, Payable from fees and self generated revenues.
• LTC Lafayette Campus - HVAC Replacement, $2,610,000, Priority 1.
• Kaliste Saloom Widening, $3,955,000, Priority 1.
• Kaliste Saloom Widening, $5,945,000, Priority 5.
• Governmental Complex, Jail Physical Plant Upgrade, planning and construction ($4980,000 non-state match), $2,000,000, Priority 5.
• Rehabilitate La Hwy 182 from US 90 to La Hwy 89 (Broussard), $250,000, Priority 1.
• Three lane La. 182 in the City of Broussard ($750,000 local match), $1,650,000, Priority 1.
• Three lane La. 182 in the City of Broussard ($750,000 local match), $600,000, Priority 5.
• Reconstruct South Bernard Road from Ambassador Caffery to La. 182 (Broussard), $705,000, Priority 2.
• Reconstruct South Bernard Road from La. 182 to US 90 (Broussard), $150,000, Priority 1.
• Reconstruct South Bernard Road from La. 182 to US 90 (Broussard), $500,000, Priority 2.
• U.S. 90 intersection improvements at Bercegay Road (Broussard), $15,000, Priority 1.
• Wastewater and city infrastructure flood damages (Carencro), $1,200,000, Priority 1.
• Wastewater and city infrastructure flood damages (Carencro), $4,770,000, Priority 5.
• Arceneaux Road drainage improvements (50% local match), $205,000, Priority 2.
• Gaston Coulee Cleaning, $160,000, Priority 2.
• Apollo Road Extension (Rue Du Belier and Dulles Drive Intersection to Old Spanish Trail and Apollo Road Intersection) (Scott), $2,500,000, Priority 1.
• Apollo Road Extension (Rue Du Belier and Dulles Drive Intersection to Old Spanish Trail and Apollo Road Intersection) (Scott), $12,500,000, Priority 5.
• Scott Events Center, $60,000, Priority 1.
• I-10 North Frontage Road (Cott), $990,000, Priority 1.
• Water and sewer line installation along Apollo Road (Scott), $375,000, Priority 2.
• I-10 Frontage Road sewer and water (Scott), $900,000, Priority 1.
• Frontage road along I-10 (Scott) (non-state match required), $720,000, Priority 1.
• Community Center (Youngsville), $3,000,000, Priority 1.
• Hwy 92 realignment near Youngsville, $700,000, Priority 1.
• Youngsville Parkway Road project, including waterline improvement and roadway lighting, $7,150,000, Priority 1.
• Beltway Road project (local match required) (Youngsville), $5,785,000, Priority 1.
• Construction of Cargo facilities (Lafayette Airport Commission), $5,000,000, Priority 1.
• Cajundome improvements, $750,000, Priority 1.
• Lafayette Loop Project (Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission), $1,000,000, Priority 5.
• Louisiana Emergency Medical Unit Storage Facility, $125,000, Priority 1.

St. Landry Parish, $915,000
• Hurricane evacuation and Homeland Security Coordination and related renovations, planning and construction, $195,000, Priority 1.
• Multipurpose Aquatic Recreational Facility (St. Landry), $270,000, Priority 1.
• Police and utility departments roof, air conditioning unit for town hall, handheld meter reader, abandon and plug water well (Grand Coteau), $60,000, Priority 1.
• Multi-purpose community center (Melville), $50,000, Priority 1.
• Tourism and South Park Project (Opelousas), $140,000, Priority 1.
• Sunset Municipal Complex, $120,000, Priority 1.
• Tutorial and learning resource center renovations (Harvey-Stevens Memorial Foundation), $70,000, Priority 1.
• Fire truck and fire station upgrades (Grand Coteau), $10,000, Priority 1.

St. Martin Parish, $10,415,000
• Road improvements on the four-mile bayou road, $200,000, Priority 1.
• I-10 Frontage Road, LA 328 to La, Priority 3.47, $4,550,000, Priority 5.
• T-Bayou drainage improvements (local match required), $100,000, Priority 1.
• Council on Aging new senior citizen activity building, $45,000, Priority 1.
• Courthouse expansion and renovations, $3,400,000, Priority 1.
• Coteau Holmes Civic Center, $220,000, Priority 1.
• Municipal Complex (Parks), $150,000, Priority 1.
• Municipal Complex (Parks), $250,000, Priority 2.
• Sewer upgrade (St. Martinville), $350,000, Priority 1.
• Sewer lift station improvements (St. Martinville), $205,000, Priority 1.
• Upgrade wastewater treatment plant and wastewater pre-treatment system (St. Martin), $900,000, Priority 1.
• Water system improvements (Cecilia), $45,000, Priority 1.

St. Mary Parish, $17,235,000
• Franklin Canal Levee and Floodgate project, $640,000, Priority 1.
• Infrastructure improvements at Charenton Canal Industrial Park, $2,350,000, Priority 1.
• Reconstruction of Charenton Beach Road from La 87 to the West Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee, $500,000, Priority 2.
• Installation of Culverts and associated infrastructure in middle road drainage canal - Bayou Vista La. For sub-gravity drainage district #1 of St. Mary Parish Gravity Drainage District #2, $460,000, Priority 1.
• Recreation and infrastructure improvements at Centerville Park, $75,000, Priority 2.
• St. Mary Parish Sewage District #5 Sewer Lift station improvements, $100,000, Priority 1.
• Recreational improvements at Kemper Williams Park, acquisitions, installation, planning and construction ($50,000 local match), $300,000, Priority 1.
• DeGravelle Access Road to Duhon bi-pass road in Amelia, $180,000, Priority 1.
• Drainage improvements in Columbia substation near Franklin ($39,960 non-state match), $125,000, Priority 1.
• Plantation pump station replacement for sub-gravity drainage district #1 of St. Mary Parish Gravity Drainage District #2, $1,925,000, Priority 1.
• Cajun Coast Welcome Center and Tower overlook for the tourist commission dba Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau ($2,121,324 local funds), $125,000, Priority 1.
• Cajun Coast Welcome Center and Tower overlook for the tourist commission dba Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau ($2,121,324 local funds), $1,000,000, Priority 5.
• Access Road from Baker Hughes to Port Road in Morgan City ($200,000 local match), $820,000, Priority 1.
• Fire station and public service center (St. Mary), $1,030,000, Priority 1.
• Sewer rehabilitation on third and fourth streets and Sinclair Alley (Berwick), $45,000, Priority 5.
• Lake End Parkway Cabins (Morgan City), $1,000,000, Priority 1.
• La. 70 drainage improvements (Morgan City), $1,470,000, Priority 2.
• Brasher Avenue Drainage Canal conversion to subsurface drainage (Morgan City), $3,590,000, Priority 1.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Reconstruction (Morgan City), $500,000, Priority 1.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Reconstruction (Morgan City), $500,000, Priority 5.
• Docking facility on Lake Palorude ($20,000 cash and/or in-kind match) (Morgan City), $300,000, Priority 1.
• Catherine Street paving and drainage (Patterson), $100,000, Priority 1.
• Building improvements from emergency family shelter facility, Chez Hope Domestic Violence Program, $100,000, Priority 1.

Vermilion Parish, $6,980,000
• Vermilion Hwy 335 Road Improvements, $2,020,000, Priority 1.
• Bulkheading and dredging at Port Vermilion ($1 million cash and/or in kind match), $680,000, Priority 5.
• Vermilion Parish road improvements, $320,000, Priority 5.
• Truck bypass route improvements in the Gueydan area, $250,000, Priority 1.
• City of Abbeville Emergency Operations Center roof repairs, $300,000, Priority 1.
• Water distribution and storage system improvements (Delcambre), $450,000, Priority 1.
• Renovation/conversion of Old Town Hall to the Delcambre Police Station, $120,000, Priority 1.
• Wastewater treatment plant improvement (Erath), $140,000, Priority 1.
• Public works facility (Erath), $450,000, Priority 1.
• Street improvements ($112,000 local match) (Gueydan), $300,000, Priority 1.
• Public safety complex (Kaplan), $300,000, Priority 1.
• Civic Center-post hurricane shelter (Maurice) ($400,000 local match), $250,000, Priority 1.
• Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection System Upgrade ($1,792,800 federal match), $600,000, Priority 1.
• Pecan Island Water Works, District No. 3 Water System improvements, including automatic read meters for entire system, $600,000, Priority 1.
• Frank's Theatre Restoration ($100,000 cash and/or in-kind match) (Allume Society), $200,000, Priority 1.

Multi-parish projects, $76,850,000
• Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge: Morganza to Gulf of Mexico flood control feasibility study, planning, design, right of way and construction of levees, floodgates and other flood control systems,, $19,515,000, Priority 1.
• Assumption, Avoyelles, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary: Atchafalaya Basin protection and enhancement (federal match and local/sponsor match, $15,480,000, Priority 1.
• Assumption, Avoyelles, Iberia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary: Atchafalaya Basin protection and enhancement (federal match and local/sponsor match, $4,000,000, Priority 5.
• Evangeline and St. Landry parishes: US 167 Corridor Study, $100,000, Priority 1.
• Iberia and Vermilion parishes: Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel, Port of Iberia Planning, Construction, Right of Way, Reallocation and Utilities, $15,455,000, Priority 1.
• Caddo, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne: I-49 from I-220 in the City of Shreveport to Arkansas, Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway, Priority 1, $7,300,000.
• Caddo, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche,= St. Charles, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne: I-49 from I-220 in the City of Shreveport to Arkansas, Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway, Fifty percent of these funds are to be used from Lafayette to Westbanke Expressway, Priority 1, $7,300,000.
• Caddo, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne: I-49 from I-220 in the City of Shreveport to Arkansas, Lafayette to the Westbank Expressway, Fifty percent of these funds are to be used from Lafayette to Westbanke Expressway, Payable from the Unclaimed Property Leverage Fund, $15,000,000.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

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