Camellia Boulevard Time Line

  • Camellia Boulevard1952 – A planning study says the single Pinhook Road Bridge will not be sufficient to meet Lafayette’s future traffic flow.
  • 1960 – Governor Jimmy Davis builds a bridge across the river at New Flanders Road, now Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
  • May, 1964 – Another traffic plan calls for an “outer loop” and an “inner loop” to circle traffic around and through Lafayette. Camellia Boulevard extension is part of this plan.
  • 1968 – The plan for the “inner loop” calls for an extension of Bertrand Drive, crossing the Vermilion River to connect with Verot School Road.
  • 1971 – A “Major Thoroughfare Plan for the City and Parish of Lafayette” proposes both a Bertrand Drive Extension and another at Rena Drive.
  • 1978 – Another plan adds a third crossing, connecting East and West Bayou parkways. That same year, a study by a national design team confirms the idea that Lafayette should have two major crossings between Pinhook Road and New Flanders Road (now Ambassador Caffery Parkway).
  • 1981 – A route study by Domingue, Szabo and Associates of Lafayette recommends the Camellia Boulevard route. On August 4, a bond issue which included the Camellia Boulevard Extension is voted on and approved. A citizens group called Save Our Subdivision is formed to oppose the construction.
  • 1982 – A study by Dallas planners Kimberly-Horn and Associates, a group selected by the Save Our Subdivision group, recommends two river crossings, at Camellia Boulevard and Acadia Drive, but an advisory group recommends at the same time that no new bridges be built.
  • 1983 – On March 18, Mayor Dud Lastrapes announced his recommendation to the city council that “we construct a four-lane river crossing at the Camellia Boulevard on the south side of Lafayette.”
  • 1983-1985 – A series of environmental and engineering studies began to establish firmer plans for the bridge. Citizens within the affected corridor continued to protest.
  • 1985 – The Camellia Boulevard project was included in a bond referendum voted on and approved by Lafayette voters.
  • 1987 – The city council contracted with local engineers Domingue, Szabo & Associates to develop rights of way and provide preliminary engineering for the road and bridge.
  • 1989 – A two-volume environmental impact assessment of the bridge was completed by the Coast Guard.
  • 1993 – In March, the Lafayette Areawide Planning Commission evaluated alternatives to the Camellia Boulevard Extension. In April, the report recommends construction.
  • 1996 – The Lafayette Consolidated Council adopted a resolution directing the Camellia Boulevard Bridge to become a top priority.
  • 1999 – In January, after a lengthy acquisition process, contractors began moving homes from the corridor to be used to widen the Camellia Boulevard approach to the bridge.
  • 2001 – In August, the contract for construction of bridge and the section of roadway between Settler’s Trace Boulevard and Cambridge Drive is awarded to H & S Construction.
  • 2003 - September 8th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to declare the bridge officially open.

 

CONSTRUCTION HISTORY

  • Camellia Extension Phase I-B: Eastland Drive to Cambridge Drive - Complete
  • Camellia Extension Phase II-A: Cambridge Drive to Worth Boulevard - Complete
  • Camellia Extension Phase II-B: Worth Boulevard to Settler’s Trace Boulevard - Complete
  • Camellia Extension Phase II-C: Settler’s Trace Boulevard to Kaliste Saloom Road - Complete
  • Camellia Extension Phase III-A: Kaliste Saloom Road to Isaac Verot Coulee - Complete
  • Camellia Extension Phase III-B: Issac Verot Coulee to Verot School Road – Complete
  • Camellia Boulevard/Johnston Street/Guilbeau Road Intersection and Camellia Boulevard Improvement Phase 1-A – Johnston Street to Eastland Drive – Complete