LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Over 50-thousand vehicles travel the Ambassador Caffery Parkway daily and with about 45-thousand veterans estimated to take advantage of the new VA Clinic the city-parish council voted unanimously to install a traffic light.
“Most of the citizens making a left turn across all of that northbound traffic on Ambassador Caffery are elderly, some are disabled, some are impaired and those veterans need a stop light,” Jim Nunn, Co-chairman of the Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana.
And that traffic light is exactly what veterans will see at the new clinic.
City-parish council member Bruce Conque said safety was a big factor in the council’s decision
“First of all, the Veterans Coalition worked long and hard to get their clinic located on here on Caffery and their one last hurdle was to make certain that the patients that access the clinic can do so in a safe manner.”
The traffic light will provide motorists a safe way to make a left turn into the clinic with out interfering with south bound traffic.
“What we are doing is putting in a modified traffic signal, which will have a protected left turn signal,” said Conque.
Veterans Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana Co-chairman Jim Nunn said the veterans of Acadiana are thankful for a safe entrance into their long-awaited clinic.
“Well again, it makes us feel very well and it’s an example of everybody in Lafayette has behind this clinic with the strongest support that they could provide.”
The light will cost about one hundred thousand dollars, money the council feels is well spent.
“When we had the vote finalized the veterans stood up and applauded us and said thank you, and Jay said no, thank you and this is our way of doing so,” said Conque.
The traffic light is expected to be installed by mid-November.