Nov 16, 2009 12:19 PM by Jim Hummel
Construction on the crumbling Robley Drive bridge between Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes is expected to start soon.
"Work should get underway at the beginning of December," said Pat Logan with Lafayette Consolidated Government's Public Works Department.
The bridge has been shut down for more than two years after significant structural flaws were discovered, forcing residents on both sides to detour.
"I work in Lafayette and probably most everyone in the neighborhood does, we have to back track around just to get to 167," said Lenore Beaudoin.
Due to the bridge's location on the border of Vermilion and Lafayette Parishes, funding was initially a roadblock. That issue has since been settled. The $900,000 project will be funded three ways, by the state, Vermilion Parish and LCG.
Once the work begins in early December, it's expected to take nine months to complete.