What will you do to fund the repair and improvement of roads and other infrastructure in our district and how will you prioritize them?

Jon Liprie
Jon Liprie
Candidate for Parish Council District 3

It is so frustrating to drive more than 5 miles in any direction in this city. The repair and improvement of roads is a high priority to me. Congested traffic and the inability pull into or out of a main road is a major business deterrent. We face an inability to do any repairs or improvement. The parish has an estimated repair backlog of $33 million with a yearly budget of $2.5 million. Furthermore, the parish has no surplus money in its general fund. This is a difficult position for this new council to inherit. I will support the reallocation of funds from other projects then aggressively pursue matching state or federal funds.

Jeremy Hidalgo
Jeremy Hidalgo
Candidate for Parish Council District 3

Road improvements are one of my top priorities. I will consult with civil engineers to determine where the needs are the greatest. We would first need to examine parish revenue and determine how much funding is dedicated to the parish needs. Secondly, I will request funding for priority road improvements from the parish council. If funding is not available, I will work with our state and local leaders to identify potential funding sources. We should also make common sense decisions as it relates to the feasibility of some of the lingering projects.

Josh Carlson
Josh Carlson
Candidate for Parish Council District 3

I will work to find waste and inefficiencies in the budget and then reallocate those additional funds to roads and infrastructure. I will prioritize on importance and feasibility.

Mike Davis
Mike Davis
Candidate for Parish Council District 3

Regarding roads, the problem facing Lafayette Parish is the same for virtually all cities: Available funds will never be sufficient to service and maintain all roads simultaneously. As such, the solution is to maintain the “most important roads” first to ensure that public services continue to be delivered well. Determining the “most important roads” for Lafayette Parish to utilize its roadway budget optimally involves several aspects but will ultimately be the result of a prioritization methodology determined by a system similar to “Ranking by Multiple Measures” developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation. These multiple measures would consist of parameters such as a road’s Average Daily Traffic, the road’s Pavement Condition Index, Cost of Maintenance, Lafayette’s roadway budget, and cost-effectiveness of the maintenance project. An “optimal prioritization approach” focusing on cost-effectiveness to achieve maximum benefits per dollar utilized can be applied to Lafayette’s primary infrastructure systems, not just roads, and allow Lafayette to see parish-wide improvements using the current infrastructure budgets without having to raise taxes.