Feb 19, 2013 5:23 PM by MELISSA CANONE
A Lafayette Consolidated Government plan to extend the University Common bike path will provide a direct link between the main campus and University Common.
The project, slated to begin next spring, will add about 1.25 miles to the existing two-mile path along Cajundome Boulevard.
The path, which was opened in fall 2011, spans two points between Eraste Landry Road and Johnston Street near the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.
The extension will stretch the University Common path from the horticulture center to East Lewis Street. The new portion of the path will consist of a route via St. Michael and St. Julien streets, and will go through Youth Park and across St. John Coulee.
The current University Commons path was funded by a $1 million Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant.
In June 2012, LCG, in cooperation with University of Louisiana at Lafayette, received a $507,000 Federal Transit Administration grant.
Another federally-funded LGC project will link the existing University Common with a more than 1-mile stretch that will end at the existing Parc Sans Souci trailhead.
Work on that extension is anticipated to begin this fall.