Sep 15, 2010 11:58 AM by Posted by Nichole Larkey
Lafayette, LA-- The bridge on Robley Drive at the Lafayette Parish and Vermilion Parish line opened yesterday. The bridge was closed over two years ago because of deteriorated support pilings, and funding was not immediately available to make the bridge safe. After further investigation, government officials determined that repairs were not feasible and that complete replacement of the bridge was necessary.
The bridge connects Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes and was a project coordinated between the respective parish governments as well as the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development put $500,000 towards the bridge replacement. Lafayette Consolidated Government put $317,000 to the joint effort, and Vermilion Parish Police Jury gave an additional $107,000. The project was put out to bid by Lafayette Consolidated Government and was awarded to Glenn Leger Construction. The total cost of construction was $924,000.
"We are excited that this bridge has been opened and travel between parishes using that route can begin again. There is a lot of activity that occurs between Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes, and projects like this one help foster that relationship with our regional neighbors," said City-Parish President Joey Durel.