Jul 14, 2014 10:29 AM by AP
BROUSSARD, La. (AP) - Construction crews will begin work within a month to widen a 1.6-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 90 from Albertson Parkway to Ambassador Caffery Parkway. It's part of an effort that ultimately could extend Interstate 49 from Lafayette to New Orleans.
The three-year U.S. 90 widening project includes building a new overpass at Albertson Parkway and replacing the old one over the Burlington Northern railroad tracks and La. Highway 182.
James Construction Group, of Baton Rouge, was awarded the design-build project in December with a bid of $57.1 million.
"The completion of this project will improve the daily commute for workers by decreasing travel time and increasing safety by providing an unhindered flow of traffic," said Deidra Druilhet, the Lafayette spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Rodney James, vice president of the company's Civil Projects Division, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1mARPH2 ) the project's schedule should keep traffic congestion to a minimum.
"I think the sequence of construction that's been worked out with the Department of Transportation will minimize the traffic jams," James said.
James said workers first will construct new frontage roads, where traffic will later detour while the extra lanes are being built. He said work should begin around Aug. 1.