New Ambassador traffic signal OK’d

Acadiana veterans applaud the approval Oct. 4, 2016, of a left-turn signal on Ambassador Caffery Parkway at the new VA clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana.
(Photo: Claire Taylor/Daily Adveritser)
Acadiana veterans applaud the approval Oct. 4, 2016, of a left-turn signal on Ambassador Caffery Parkway at the new VA clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Photo: Claire Taylor/Daily Adveritser)

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – A new traffic signal will be added to a short section of Ambassador Caffery Parkway between Congress Street and Ridge Road where four traffic lights already exist.

The traffic signal will be installed to allow a left turn from Ambassador into the new VA clinic across from the WalMart.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to transfer $100,000 to the project from a Dulles Drive sidewalk project.

The work will be done by the Lafayette Consolidate Government’s public works department and may be in place for the opening of the VA clinic in November, Councilman Bruce Conque said.

Jim Nunn of Carencro, co-chairman of the Coalition of Southwest Louisiana, said the group “fought tooth-and-nail for 7 years” for the new state-of-the-art clinic and asked for the traffic signal 18 months ago. Two traffic studies were done, the second one recommending the left-turn signal, he wrote in a statement.

The VA clinic, which will replace one on Pinhook Road, will bring people into the city, Nunn said, and add to the economy. The new clinic, he said, is expected to bring into Lafayette over 10 years $20,000 for each of the 45,000 veterans in a 10-parish area, more than $900 million over 10 years.

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