Oct 27, 2011 9:10 AM by Lauren Wilson

Ask Joey - October 27, 2011

Parish President Joey Durel can be seen on GMA every Thursday around 6:40am to answer your questions. This week Joey Durel answered the following questions, please watch the video attached to hear the answers.

1) From Sherry Keenze:

What is the status of the trail, similar to the Tammany Trace, that was going to be built along the Ruth Canal?

The trail that Sherry is asking about is the Atakapa-Ishak Trail, and its development is ongoing. The Atakapa-Ishak Trail is planned to link downtown Lafayette with downtown Breaux Bridge and St. Martinsville via the Ruth (Evangeline) Canal. The A-I Trail is a Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Project being developed in cooperation with several local parishes including Lafayette and St. Martin.

· Phase I of the Trail connects Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette to Beaver Park and is currently being installed and scheduled to open in the next 45 days.

· Phase II connects Beaver Park with Vermilionville and the Jean Lafitte National Park Center - - - a grant has been approved for this phase and is currently under construction.

· Phase III of the A-I Trail will cross the Bayou Vermilion at the Surrey Street Bridge. The route will connect to Pinhook Road and to the Breaux Bridge Highway and Lake Martin Road to the Nature Conservancy property at Lake Martin.

There are two, possibly three potential connections to the Ruth Canal. The Ruth (Evangeline) Canal is four miles long and connects the Bayou Teche and Bayou Vermilion - - - it is the "centerpiece" of the A-I Trail.

Several local civic sponsors are involved in the A-I Trail development including the Rotary Club of Lafayette North, the St. Martinsville Rotary Club and T.R.A.I.L., Inc. The estimated total cost for completion of the Atakapa-Ishak Trail is $9-10 million.


2) From Candace Breaux (1st question) and Janet Miller (2nd question) regarding Vincent Road:

When are the repairs to the bridge located on Vincent road expected to be completed?/ Please advise when Vincent Road will be repaired. The road has been under repair since March!

The bridge replacement (not simply repair) is scheduled for completion this month (October) assuming continued good construction weather.

Vincent Road is in need of rehabilitation which will cost in excess of $400,000. It is not included in our current project, but we are evaluating any possible underruns in the ongoing project as well as our upcoming yearly program to see the earliest we can expect to upgrade this road. Our first priority for the 2011 program is to complete all roads listed in the Feasibility Report for the Parish Bond Issue approved by the voters; the 2011 program addresses all remaining roads from that report.

Also, the road was inspected recently by our street superintendent. We are keeping up with the patching, and we have it on a regular inspection cycle (2-3 times a week).

If you have a question for Joey Durel go to under the GMA tap and click "submit Joey Durel question".



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