LAFAYETTE – It’s been a long three years for drivers and business owners on Verot School Road. But come April, the headache should finally be over.
“We’ll have the lanes opening and functioning and the intersections, all the intersections functioning in the next 30 to 60 days,” says Bill Oliver, District Engineer for DOTD.
Construction on the $35 million project began in November of 2015. While the 30 to 60 day timeline puts the project ahead of the initial summer of 2019 completion date, for the business owners affected by the constant construction and lane closures, the completion can’t come soon enough.
“I know a lot of business owners have suffered a lot – way worse than I have,” says Edward Wilkerson, owner of Louisiana Crawfish Time on Verot School Road, “It’s time to give us a break; it really is. It’s been going on long enough and. I’m excited that it’s getting done because it was a necessity and it needed to be done. But it just seems like it’s dragging on a little bit longer than it should at this point.”
Bill Oliver tells News15 that there will be periodic punch list items that will have to be done after all the lanes are opened up. While the full list hasn’t been set yet, they include drainage repair work, fixing cracked pavement and traffic light adjustments, to name a few.
That repair work may result in temporary lane closures, but Oliver says that many of these projects could be knocked out in a day or a weekend’s time.
News15 will keep you updated as this project gets closer to completion.