Aug 11, 2014 7:31 PM by Kari Beal
New road expansions and developments are coming to upper Lafayette Parish.
The second phase of a project to widen East Pont Des Mouton Road will start in the next few weeks. The project will cost close to $22 million and will widen the road between Louisiana Avenue and Interstate 49.
Two more projects in Scott will also be underway soon. One is called Destination Point North of I-10 on Frontage Road. The other will expand Apollo Road two miles south to connect with Rue De Belier. This project will cost about $15 million and expand into the city of Lafayette.
The developments in Scott will be commercial.
"It will have a little retail with hotels," Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison said when referring to the Frontage Road expansion.
The other expansion along Apollo Road will be mostly retail. A six foot wide bike and walkway will be build along the sides. Morrison explained the businesses will be facing the road with the parking spaces in the back.
"Now, when you pass, it will be beautiful scenery to see," Morrison said.
The Apollo Road corridor will also be elevated two to three feet as part of a hurricane evacuation route. Drainage systems will be designed underneath the road so water doesn't pool on the sides.
"Many people who have to pass on Ambassador Caffery now can use this," Morrison said.
Morrison said $5 million of the project is being funded by the state in Capital OUTLAY and the rest will be paid for in bonds made through the city.
"If you continue to build the businesses, the residential houses will follow," Morrison said
That's how this project meets full circle with others in the parish. Just a few miles east, residential expansion is already happening at Couret Farms off of Pont Des Mouton Road.
"You got a lot of businesses that are expanding and they need this type of subdivision development for their employees," Jan Swift, executive director of the Upper Lafayette Economic Development said.
About 30 houses are already built and possibly 100 more are to come. Just walking distance from Couret Farm, more developments are coming as well.
"You will see Anytime Fitness and Romacelli's and possibly two other places," Swift said.
Anytime Fitness should be complete in February.
The Frontage Road expansion should start in October and is expected to take no more than two years. Work on the Apollo Road expansion is expected to start later this year and will last about four years. The East Pont Des Mouton Road expansion should be complete in the summer of 2016.