LCG asking public for feedback on what they want to see for University Ave. Corridor Study

Posted at 11:54 AM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 12:54:04-04

LCG and the Acadiana Planning Commission are asking for the public’s feedback regarding their University Avenue Corridor Study.

The second planning meeting open to the public will be taking place Tuesday at 6 pm at the Bridge Ministry of Acadiana.

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says he hopes the renovations can not only make the streets more attractive to visitors but also help with traffic.

"It’s a well traveled street and its coming into the four corners area and it’s coming into the university so it’s fairly high traffic count. So what we want to do is to make it more pedestrian friendly, you want to slow down traffic where you can do it without backing it out. And you want to make it a more pleasing drive and make it something where pedestrians and bike riders feel safe," said Robideaux.

And he believes this project could ultimately help the local economy.

"The ultimate goal is to make it attractive enough that businesses want to locate there and so do all the infill where we have empty lots and under-utilized property, get all that filled in where the rest of Lafayette Parish and  folks from outside the parish know this is a corridor that has a lot of great amenities," he said.

Tuesday night, the public will have a chance to voice their opinions on what they want University Ave.  to look like.

"There will be options that are being presented by the consulting firm some of those options might be street trees or shade trees, sidewalks, lighted pathways," said Cydra Wingerter, with LCG.

People from the community can vote on which design options they want to see and from there LCG will decide which improvements will be made.

"[We want] to gather input from the community, the community that lives there works there and to get their input on what they’d like to see," said Robideaux.