- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Regional Airport Commission members have started a long process that eventually will give air travelers a modern, expansive terminal, a project that will take at least five years to complete.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1qzKkDX ) government projects consultant Walt Adams laid out different ways Wednesday to start and carry through with construction. At its most basic, the project calls for a five-gate terminal and more parking.

Lafayette’s airport currently has three gates and a small terminal, which at times gets mighty crowded.

“One thing you want to be careful of is not outsourcing your vision,” Adams told commissioners. “There are a lot of people out there willing to spend your money.”

Lafayette Parish voters said yes Saturday to taxing themselves 1 cent for eight months next year for every dollar they spend on goods. The tax, which will be levied April 1 until Nov. 30 on goods and services except groceries and prescriptions, is expected to bring in $35 million to $37 million. That money will be added to debt proceeds and airport grants from federal and state sources to reach $90 million to expand the airport terminal and add other improvements.

“We know what we need,” Commissioner Paul Segura said, “but we need some assistance in assembling the path.”

Engineers from the Baton Rouge office of international engineering and design firm URS already have put hours into preliminary design. Two URS officials, Bill Griffin and Richard Speer, told the commission they hoped their upfront work wouldn’t be wasted.

“I very much encourage you not to do away with that whole process,” Griffin said.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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