University Common bike path extension planned

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Officials say construction is scheduled to begin next spring on an extension of the University Common bike path that now runs along Johnston Street and Cajundome Boulevard.

The Advocate reports the new construction will add 1.25 miles of bike paths, extending the existing 2-mile path through Youth Park and into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's main campus.

Joey Benoit, a planner with city-parish government, says the work, funded with a $450,000 federal grant and about $50,000 from the university, is expected to be completed by fall 2014.

The first 2-mile phase of the University Common bike path opened in 2011 and stretches from Eraste Landry Road down Cajundome Boulevard to Johnston Street, traveling through the University Research Park and past the Cajundome and the ULL athletics complex.


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