Five Things You Should Know About Lafayette Traffic
There's an old saying that the streets in Lafayette were laid out by a blind man riding a drunk mule. It sometimes seems there's no rhyme nor reason to the city's layout. Keep in mind, it was a tiny little town before the oil boom of the 1970's. Ashley Moran of the Lafayette Planning commission recently explained some things that may surprise you on a visit to KADN News 15.
#1 The sometimes seemingly random layout of Lafayette city streets is largely because the Vermilion River is in the way.
#2 Road construction isn't done by city parish government. Private contractors do it. Government takes over maintenance upon their completion.
#3 Lafayette has an exceptionally advanced city bus system, with free WiFfi, and the capability to track bus route in real time.
#4 Lafayette traffic is worst on Friday afternoon. Classes at UL end early on Friday, and many business, such as medical offices, close at noon.
#5 Most cities have traffic engineers monitoring peak traffic hours. It's peak traffic half hours in Lafayette, because time of peak congestion are shorter lived.
Here's a tip. If you're on Pinhook, going through the oil center area, stay in the outside lane. Trust me!