Youngsville to use 8 feet of highway shoulder for lanes
YOUNGSVILLE — The City Council passed a resolution Thursday that approved bike lanes to be added along Chemin Metairie Parkway.
The bike lanes will not widen the road, but will be added to the already existing 8-foot shoulders, city engineer Dax Douet said.
“This is a quest by the Lafayette Consolidated Government to put bike lanes down and designate areas as bike lanes,” Douet said. “It will just add an additional four-foot stripe and will be similar to what you see on Johnston Street (in Lafayette).”
Douet said the entire project is estimated to cost $110,000. Youngsville will be responsible for 20 percent of the cost while the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Lafayette Parish will pick up the rest of the tab.
“The way the city is going to pay for that is by doing things like paying us to put the plans together,” said Douet, who is an engineer at Fenstermaker in Lafayette. “The rest of the money will come from a grant that the MPO acquired.”
Mayor Wilson Viator said the bike lanes will be a welcomed addition to Chemin Metairie, especially with the new sports complex scheduled to be completed by March.
“We already have bikers who are riding along Chemin Metairie,” Viator said. “This will make it much safer for them and they can easily move around the city.”
Viator said residents have been asking for a safer method of biking, as it has become a popular mode of transportation for Youngsville.
“Bikers meet up at Rouses and ride all through the city,” Viator said. “This will just make it safer.”
The bike lanes will stretch across Chemin Metairie to Collier Road and will be on both sides of the road. The lanes will feature a bike symbol every few feet and will merge at the roundabouts.
Douet said there is no set deadline for the project, but he added the city must begin spending the MPO grant by the end of the year. The city also will not be responsible for soliciting bidding for the project.
“Even though we have no timetable,” Douet said, “once we start the project, in two weeks, it will be done.”