Lafayette

Aug 7, 2012 7:12 PM by Steven Albritton

Plans To Extend Ambassador Caffery Could Displace Residents

Plans to extend Ambassador Caffery north are in the early the early stages of development. A meeting next week will allow people to learn about the plan, and even voice their concerns.

"Right now, we're in that public hearing stage where the purpose of this hearing is to gather that input so that we can make a preferred alternative," Deidra Lockhart of the Department of Transportation said.

Some residents are already concerned about the future of their homes. The current plan puts 40 homes and businesses in its path.

"That (40) includes 17 residential homes, 21 trailer homes, and about two businesses. It's kind of hard for us to make those determinations on where those displacements are going to happen until we know what that preferred alternative is going to be," Lockhart said.

This isn't the first time meetings were announced to the public about plans to extend the road. Tommy Neef has attended meetings and all he wants is to be informed in advance.

"Just let us know how to move forward. I don't think anyone around here wants to impede any progress or anything that's going to help the area. But if we're going to be effected, please work with us and please help us to understand the process and what we need to do to protect ourselves," Neef said.

The public hearing will be held at the Carencro Community Center, August 15th from 5-8 p.m. The deadline to submit comments to the Department of Transportation is August 25th.

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