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This is where we’ll check in on projects within the community and let you know how they’re progressing Matter of Time: “Now that we have the funding from the state, which is what we’ve been waiting on for a while, we can get serious on beginning construction,” Bourque said. “I would say the total process is two years out.” According to Bourque, construction will begin in six months’ to one year’s time.

LEDA-dominated road to expand Broussard residents and employees of businesses such as Baker Hughes, GMI Group and Schlumberger can look forward to a quicker commute to and from work once the South Bernard Road extension is expanded in about two years. When Gov. John Bel Edwards designated $24 million in Capital Outlay funds in July to Lafayette Parish, $4.4 million was designated to the City of Broussard. This investment, paired with the city’s $2.9 million designated for the second phase of the South Bernard extension, will develop a four-lane road all the way from Fairfield Ave. to Hwy. 90. Déjà Vu: Although the road recently had work done about one year ago, the goal of the expansion is to alleviate traffic congestion for the business and on South Morgan Avenue and Main Street as well.

Double Trouble: South Bernard Road, extends for about three quarters of a mile between La. 182 to U.S. 90. It’s a short stretch of road that has heavy traffic, multiple oil and gas business – and, currently, only two lanes. Who’s There? Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque said the plan to widen the road has been in the works for several years, and Thibodauxbased Duplantis Design Group will handle the project. “It’s of an industrial area. There are LEDA (Lafayette Economic Development Authority) Park and some large businesses on that extension of South Bernard Road. So, it’s the last piece in the puzzle for us. Broussard completed new construction of South Bernard in phase one a year and half ago,” Bourque said.

Room to Grow: “It’s time for an improvement on that road,” Bourque said. “There’s a bridge that is showing its age, so it’s time for some work to be done. It’s important. There are a lot of business and industrial traffic on that connector. You get a lot of 18-wheelers on that road making oil field deliveries, and they need more room to operate.” Taking Care of Business(es): Though the road extends less than a mile, it accommodates General Electric oilfield services company Baker Hughes, which, as of August, has 1,138 rigs in total and operates in 120 countries. GMI Group’s location in Broussard serves as its second in command to the company’s flagship location in Humble, Texas, and specializes in industrial manufacturing. Schlumberger is the world’s largest oilfield services and equipment company whose principal office is located in Paris. Texas, and specializes in industrial manufacturing. Schlumberger is the world’s largest oilfield services and equipment company whose principal office is located in Paris.


Dates to remember: January 2020-July 2020: When con-

struction should begin

2021: When construction should be


About the Project Manager: As of August, the Thibodaux-based multidisciplinary engineering firm Duplantis Design Group has completed more than 2,500 projects. It has more than 100 full-time employees within its six offices in South Louisiana and Texas, including one in Lafayette.

Other Projects: Geaux South:

This June, the Louisiana Legislature approved $150 for the muchdiscussed and long-delayed Geaux South project, the project formerly known as the I-49 South project:

The effort aims to convert Highway 90 into an interstate that connects Lafayette to New Orleans. This project and others will be funded through the $700 million the state secured in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill settlement. More funding will be needed to complete the project. There is no construction date yet, but this is the next step in a painstakingly long process.

budget breakdown

tax dollars

A closer look at the budget for the renovations of the Holy Rosary Institute

We will help you understand how your tax dollars are spent by looking at local issues

Transfer to drainage

$10 million WHAT IT IS: A proposed amount to transfer from a library savings fund to drainage projects. WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR: 1.58 mills TOTAL CITY BUDGET: $637.1 million PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL CITY BUDGET: 1.6 million

$500,000 Holy Rosary Institue WHAT IT IS: Money in the state budget dedicated to the renovation of Holy Rosary Institute. WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR: : None - Holy Rosary received a $450,000 grant from the National Park Service in 2017. FOR MORE INFORMATION: REVEAL • AUGUST 2019 • PAGE 8

EXPLANATION: The state dedicated money in its 2020 budget for renovations to Holy Rosary Institute, which closed its Carmel Avenue location in 1993. The school’s board plans to restore the chapel and add space for health care, social services and a museum, while preserving the institute as an African American historical landmark dating to 1913. The Holy Rosary Alumni & Friends Association’s vision includes a spiritual, cultural, educational and social development center for the black community, with services ranging from a library to a medical clinic, parenting and youth programs and a retreat center. In addition to the $500,000, the school will also get a million dollars every year for the next four years from the state.

QUOTE: “It will look exactly as it did, as those who attended will remember on the outside. But on the inside, it will be the brightest and the newest and the most impressive facility this city has to offer.” - Dustin Cravins, president of the Holy Rosary redevelopment board on KATC

EXPLANATION: As flooding in Lafayette Parish increases in frequency and intensity, city-parish council members and city government officials have tried to come up with solutions. Councilman Pat Lewis offered up a quarter-cent sales tax proposal in June, but quickly withdrew it from consideration. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux wants to transfer $10 million from the library system’s fund balance to the backlog of drainage maintenance projects. Voters will get a chance to approve or reject this idea in October. LCG’s Public Works Department has estimated that a new, parish wide storm water management system could cost at least $500 million, so $10 million is not a fix by a long shot, but it would add to an existing $9 million that was reallocated for drainage in 2017. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Capital Projects Dashboard: Drainage Maintenance Initiative & Plan: Regional Airport

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