BROUSSARD — The City Council discussed the lengthening of Bernard Road as well as other options Tuesday to improve traffic flow between the city and U.S. 90 during peak morning and afternoon drive times.
The topic arose after Councilman David Bonin asked Mayor Charles Langlinais if he was aware of any updates to city plans to lengthen Bernard Road to Main Street on to U.S. 90.
“We need another way to get cars (in the city) to U.S. 90,” he said. “Traffic during the morning and afternoons on Morgan Street is ridiculous.”
Morgan Street, Albertson Parkway and Ambassador Caffery Parkway are the only three roads in Broussard intersecting the highway and all three experience high traffic volumes during peak times.
After Councilman Ray Bourque also said he was receiving calls in favor of the Bernard Street extension, Langlinais said the city was acquiring the necessary rights of way and he hoped to go out for bids in 60 to 90 days.
Councilman Terry Guilbeau asked if it was possible to have the state look at changing the timing of traffic lights at three intersections to alleviate traffic.
Bonin added something needed to be done because traffic was so bad, emergency vehicles could not move through those intersections during rush hour to respond to emergencies.
“Especially at Morgan Street, the Police Department and Fire Department would have a hard time getting through,” he said.
Langlinais said he would call the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to see about retiming the traffic lights, but he did not expect that to be a fast solution to the problem.
“They will tell us we need to do a traffic study,” he said. “We have tried to do this several times before.
“In the meantime, I hope to get the Bernard extension bids done within the next six months because I’d like to see the project done in the next two years.”