October 4, 2014 12:09 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Construction of the Knock Knock Children's Museum is expected to begin by December. Museum executive director Staci Duhe tells The Advocate that the museum has raised $8.6 million. She says the money will cover construction costs and the first phase of exhibits. Funding for the... more »
September 20, 2014 1:44 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Work has started on the Onyx Residences, a $7 million mixed-use development in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reported the project is at corner of Third and Convention streets. The Onyx Residences will include 28 apartments on top of 5,600 square feet of commercial space.... more »
August 16, 2014 1:13 PM
LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - Construction has begun on a $21 million elementary school designed to serve military children in Vernon Parish. The American Press reports the new South Polk Elementary School will have a capacity of 1,000 students in first through fourth grades. The Vernon Parish School Board plans to... more »
August 2, 2014 1:21 PM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Officials in Terrebonne Parish say work on a long-discussed park and sports complex will begin in September and the first fields should be ready for play in 2015. The Courier reports the 100-acre Bayou Country Sports Park, known locally as the Field of Dreams, will include... more »
March 29, 2014 4:14 PM
GRAND CHENIER, La. (AP) - The Joseph Harbor boat launch at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier will be closed from Wednesday through April 17 while crews work to extend each ramp at the launch. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials say the modifications will allow boaters to launch... more »
January 1, 2014 6:54 AM
LEEVILLE, La. (AP) - After years of struggling to get the money and required permits for a boat launch in Leeville, Lafourche Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine says he expects construction to begin in 2014. Lorraine, who represents a portion of south Lafourche, tells The Daily Comet he also hopes several... more »
September 4, 2013 6:27 PM
If you've traveled Verot School Road during peak drive times, morning or afternoon, you know it's a traffic nightmare.
The Department of Transportation and Development is hoping to relieve congestion, widening Verot from two lanes to four lanes.
Residents say even with four lanes, traffic will still be... more »
August 2, 2013 7:20 PM
Major renovations are underway at Lafayette High School, but some are questioning if the campus will be ready for the first day of school.
Since class let out in May, crews have been replacing floors and cleaning mold. Some classrooms were completely gutted and remodeled.
Thad Welch, Special... more »
July 11, 2013 6:15 PM
A Lafayette Parish mayor is taking fiscal responsibility to a new level, spending thousands of dollars less than other mayors across the parish.
In 2012, the six mayors racked up a total of 45-thousand dollars in expenses. They were reimbursed for things like travel, cell phones, and business meals.... more »
July 9, 2013 7:24 PM
More than one million dollars in improvements are underway in Lafayette Parish schools this summer.
Leading the charge to fix the schools is a man backed by the superintendent with a reputation for getting things done.
Thad Welch was named Special Assistant to Doctor Pat Cooper and his... more »
April 3, 2013 9:10 PM
Two Lafayette Parish School Board members are questioning the effectiveness of recent renovation projects at Northside High and N.P. Moss Preparatory Academy.
This comes after board members Greg Awbrey and Mark Babineaux attended a meeting at Northside High Monday. Though uninvited, it was the first time the members had... more »
February 6, 2013 7:02 PM
In St Landry Parish, the state of some roads is often a hot button issue.
Tonight the St Landry Parish Council will address it. The council will discuss an introductory proposal to call for a two-cent sales tax. Money generated from that tax would be designated for road construction... more »
January 21, 2013 7:55 PM
A major road construction project is underway on Bonin Road. According to the Department of Transportation and Development, the goal of the project is to increase safety on one of Youngsville's major thoroughfares. The plan is to have one lane of Bonin Road open for traffic traveling north from Highway... more »
October 1, 2012 7:22 PM
If you've driven on US 90 lately, you probably noticed a few changes on how you can turn to either get on the Thruway or or cross over. The new U-Turn system is called a J-Turn, and there are about 13 of them on Hwy 90 now. The J-Turns stretch... more »
April 9, 2012 6:02 AM
SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Sulphur Parks and Recreation Director Norman Farr says the city's newest park should be completed by Dec. 1. The Grove at Heritage Square will be a pedestrian park. The American Press reports - unlike the city's other parks - it won't have playground equipment or ball... more »
March 14, 2012 10:24 AM
DRY PRONG, La. (AP) - The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians has been working toward opening a casino for more than a decade. B. Cheryl Smith, the tribal chief of the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, tells The Town Talk plans for the casino are finalized, and tribal leaders hope... more »
February 20, 2012 9:14 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Drivers in northern Bossier Parish who use Palmetto Road between the Flat River bridge and Old Palmetto Road may need to use an alternate route this summer. The Times reports Bossier Parish officials expect the widening of the road to three lanes will start after the... more »
January 12, 2012 4:03 PM
After a much deserved break, thousands of UL Lafayette students returned to school Wednesday.
This school year brings lots of excitement as UL has several major construction projects underway.
Just last year, UL's new dorms became a reality and one week ago, the newsest dorms, Huger Hall opened.... more »
October 16, 2011 11:57 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Work will begin Monday on concrete patching and related work along Interstate 49 in Rapides and Natchitoches parishes. The Town Talk reported (http://bit.ly/pxGGkv ) the construction will be done between the intersections of Louisiana Highway 181 and Louisiana Highway 485 on both northbound and southbound lanes.... more »
August 14, 2011 8:20 PM
More headaches for drivers on U.S. 190 with road closures on the Morganza Floodway bridge taking place the next several weekends. This was the first weekend of construction, and already drivers are talking about the inconvenience.
"My wife's going to beat me home now, I'll be in trouble," said... more »
August 1, 2011 9:08 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Construction on Lafayette Parish's newest library could begin early next year. Libraries Director Sona Dombourian says if the $3.75 million, 15,000-square-foot project goes out to bid in November, construction could start by early 2012. The Advocate (http://bit.ly/obu1zm ) reported Monday that if weather or other problems... more »
July 4, 2011 9:54 AM
PEARL RIVER, La. (AP) - Associated Wholesale Grocers has begun construction of a distribution center at its 68-acre site in St. Tammany Parish. The center will be the company's seventh in Southern and Midwestern states. Associated Wholesale Grocers has 600 member owners with about 2,400 retail stores in 22 states.
June 24, 2011 6:13 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A multiyear construction budget got the backing of state lawmakers who are giving the governor's office decision-making power over which new projects actually advance in the next fiscal year. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that limits spending on construction projects to $340 million... more »
June 19, 2011 12:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Construction of the surge barrier along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will result in the closing of the canal to vessel traffic at the surge barrier for 45 hours next week, the Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said the canal will close at 3 a.m.... more »
April 5, 2011 11:30 PM
Construction of a round-about just south of Cankton could be set back even further. The intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 98 has been closed since January. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the project is already two weeks behind schedule because of internal problems with the contractor,... more »
March 30, 2011 8:18 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Labor Department says Louisiana had the 17th highest percentage growth in construction employment in February compared with a year earlier. The agency said Tuesday that 123,600 worked in the construction industry in Louisiana last month. That's up 1.2 percent from February 2010 and... more »
March 16, 2011 8:19 PM
More major road construction is coming to Highway 92, with the Milton Bridge closing for over two months on Thursday. It's the third road construction project happening right now on the highway.
"It's kind of like any place you want to pass on 92 right now to pretty much... more »
February 16, 2011 9:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Home construction rose at the fastest rate in 20 months, pushed up by a spike in apartment building. But construction of single-family homes declined, a sign that demand for housing remains weak. Builders broke ground on new homes and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of... more »
February 15, 2011 2:23 PM
"I know the outcome will be good, but since the road closure it has hurt us quite a bit,"said Tony Naysur. Naysur says his convenience store on Eraste Landry and Bertrand used to have three to four hundred customers a day.Construction has cut that number in half. "I cannot keep... more »
February 11, 2011 11:46 PM
Construction on a major intersection in Lafayette is about to clear up, but does that mean the end of traffic headaches for drivers and business owners? Lafayette officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the intersection of Johnston and Guilbeau and Camellia Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. to signify... more »
January 31, 2011 12:05 AM
A portion of a busy road in Lafayette will be closed starting this week.
The bridge on Eraste Landry, near Bertrand will be shut down for five months starting Monday. Crews will replace the bridge as part of a drainage improvement project. Detours will be posted.
January 19, 2011 10:36 PM
A 250 year old oak tree in Youngsville is on the chopping block. The tree is in the way of the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highways 89 and 92 in Youngsville. At Wednesday night's meeting, the Youngsville City Council was presented an alternative plan by engineers... more »
January 6, 2011 6:24 AM
More construction for drivers in New Iberia, underway now concrete repairs will continue on the west bound lane of East Dale Street from Lewis to Ann Streets.
Drivers will not be able to turn right or left from Lewis onto Dale. Work is expected to be completed by March... more »
November 14, 2010 12:56 PM
The 600 block of Harding Street is scheduled to be closed starting Monday, November 15 from 6am until 5pm for sewer repairs.
Detour routes will be made available.
November 8, 2010 3:08 PM
Construction projects are popping up along roadways all over Lafayette and surrounding areas-- in fact, $100 million dollars worth of work.
"Lafayette does not stand on its own to advance economically and socially without transportation in and out of the other parishes," says Bill Fontenot from Louisiana DOTD.
... more »
October 22, 2010 1:46 PM
The Camellia Boulevard project has one driver after another saying the same thing: "It's frustrating."
Many Lafayette drivers are sick of crawling through what they say used to be a fast route to the other side of town.
Some cars have even gotten stuck in the construction zone,... more »
October 18, 2010 5:52 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's facilities planning chief says his office sidelined construction projects for this year that didn't have much money to advance the work.
That's the top way the administration decided which plans to scrap so steelmaker Nucor could get $30 million from the... more »
October 12, 2010 7:49 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A sharp falloff in sales tax revenue in 2009 is forcing the East Baton Rouge Parish school system to scale down hundreds of millions of dollars worth of planned construction between now and 2019. Superintendent John Dilworth released some initial proposals Monday calling, among other... more »
September 20, 2010 1:20 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration's plan to give $30 million to steelmaker Nucor for an iron and steel plant in St. James Parish is throwing the state's construction budget out of balance. To make the numbers work, some of the new construction projects lawmakers and the administration... more »
September 20, 2010 12:26 PM
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will begin work to build a round-a-bout at the intersection of LA 339 (Verot School Rd) and LA 92 (E. Milton Rd) near Youngsville beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
Motorists should expect delays due to only one lane being open at various... more »
September 15, 2010 6:46 PM
The Robley Drive Bridge has been a work in progress for over two years, but now the bridge is back in business. It was being rebuilt because it was considered unsafe for drivers.
The Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Vermillion Police Jury and the Louisiana Department of Transportation all pitched... more »
September 12, 2010 9:26 PM
Lafayette's largest construction project is quickly taking shape.
Work is nearly complete on the exterior of the new "Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center," and crews are now starting to focus on the interior of the building.
The 200 bed, 396-thousand square foot facility will feature 8... more »
August 24, 2010 7:00 AM
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Construction has officially begun on a polymers manufacturing plant in Iberville Parish. SNF Holding Co. says it is spending $350 million in a five-phase construction project. The first unit at the plant is expected to begin production by late 2011. The company says that when the... more »
June 21, 2010 9:56 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's annual construction budget bill, which details $4.7 billion in multiyear spending plans, received final passage before lawmakers ended their regular session. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that will limit spending on construction projects to an estimated $320 million in the 2010-11... more »
May 27, 2010 6:44 PM
Abbeville residents will soon be in the clear. Recent construction at the city's water plant has turned resident's drinking water brown. The renovations have been underway for about two years and the water became discolored in April.
Officials say that's because the final project, the Clarifier, is now under... more »
February 12, 2010 1:54 PM
Parish President Ernest Freyou announces the closure of the Chastant Road Bridge between Highway 88 and Freetown Road effective immediately. The bridge is located approximately 1¼ miles southeast of Highway 88. The closure is necessary due to the deplorable condition of the bridge and will remain closed until further notice.... more »
February 11, 2010 1:42 PM
LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department announced that the bridge on Robley Drive at the Broadmoor Coulee was opened to traffic today, as all but minor items of work are completed.
The actual structure is a box culvert designed to be compatible with the future permanent... more »
December 3, 2009 9:41 AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, the railroad crossing located at U. S. 90 @ La. 728-2 (0.3 of a mile southeast of Kaliste Saloom Road) will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m. for railroad repairs. This closure should remain in effect until 5:00 p.m. that same day. Louisiana Department of Transportation... more »
November 25, 2009 1:52 PM
Beginning Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 8:00 a.m., LA 182, in St. Landry Parish, will be closed approximately .8 miles North of LA 3233 (Harry Guilbeau Road), for the removal of debris under the Bayou Tesson Bridge. The detour will consist of LA 3233 (Harry Guilbeau Road), I-49, and LA... more »
November 16, 2009 12:52 PM
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, the right lane of I-49 SB, just North of the Judson Walsh overpass in St. Landry Parish, will be closed for road work. Work is expected to be completed by 12:00 p.m. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please... more »
November 12, 2009 3:04 PM
La 104 approximately 6.4 miles east of La 13 in Evangeline Parish will be closed Monday, November 16, 2009, and Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for bridge repairs, weather permitting. The detour will consist of La 1161 and La 29. DOTD appreciates your patience and... more »
November 9, 2009 6:38 PM
The project to convert an old Walmart in St. Martinville into an off-track betting site is moving forward.
Last week we reported Evangeline Downs asked the city to hold off on the project until March 2010, but the company has since had a change of heart and the contract... more »
November 6, 2009 12:20 PM
Traffic should be able to move freely around the City of Abbeville, La 3267 (Airport Road) is now open.
November 6, 2009 12:13 PM
LA 1252, approximately 5.4 miles east of I-49 Frontage Road in Lafayette Parish, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs beginning Monday, November 9, 2009 through Tuesday, November 10, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution... more »
November 2, 2009 11:00 AM
Beginning Wednesday, November 4, 2009 , LA 3043 will be closed ½ mile north of its South Junction with LA 104 in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, for railroad repairs. Work will begin at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to last until 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. The detour will consist of... more »
October 30, 2009 9:13 AM
The referenced Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development project to repair the bridge located at Bayou Tigre on La 330 has been awarded to Boland Marine & Mafg. Co., Inc. at a low bid cost of $432,900.00. The contractor has been issued a conditional work order start date of November... more »
October 30, 2009 9:08 AM
Beginning Wednesday, November 4, 2009, La 93 in St. Landry Parish from the Lafayette Parish Line to the North city limits of Cankton will have intermittent lane closures for the next two months, weather permitting, while crews cold plane the existing asphaltic concrete pavement, patch, stabilize the base course, and... more »
October 19, 2009 8:01 AM
Several intersections will be closed throughout the day for city maintenance. Sections of Calco Road near Pinhook, Bendel Road, Beverly Drive and Marjorie Boulevard will be closed at certain times during the day. Detour routes will be posted. The closures will continue through the middle of next month.
LA... more »
October 16, 2009 6:32 PM
Huge cranes grace the skies of Lafayette showing signs of active construction on the city's newest medical center off Ambassador Caffery.
It's a project you can now see almost anywhere in town. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, the largest single construction project in the history of Lafayette... more »
October 14, 2009 1:08 PM
The Opelousas Police Department and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office are requesting any information in reference to a string of thefts which occurred at a construction site located at 1201 McCarthy Lane, Opelousas LA 70570. Between the dates of August 1st, 2009 and October 14th, 2009 several thefts of... more »