July 28, 2014 — As the city of Lafayette keeps expanding, so do the roadways people use to get around. With an abundance of new roadways popping up all over Lafayette, some older ones are finally going to get the needed attention to grow with the city.
Earlier today Lafayette Mayor Joey Durel was on hand with other city officials to officially break ground on the expansion of Pont Des Mouton Road just East of I-49.
Mayor Durel says many roads like this one use to have light traffic, but with the outward boom of Lafayette, roads that use to be considered the outskirts are now a part of Lafayette's residents daily commutes.
"With the necessity with the lack of safety on roads as we connect roads together. This was really, there is no other way to say it, was a little country road at one time." said Durel.
"As this country road has become more enveloped by the city, you are seeing more traffic and you are seeing traffic that is a little bit faster than you were use to seeing years ago. Roads like this need to be made safer. So I think it's a combination of safety, convenience, and hopefully economic development."
Mayor Durel also said Lafayette Parish is expecting to grow with 90,000 additional residents in fewer than 20 years, 60,000 of that being within the city, and that it is ever important to create roadways that can handle the increasing population on the horizon.