// Saturday, 23 August 2014 22:30 //

LAFAYETTE — The stretch of Bertrand Drive that runs just north of Johnston Street may one day be a spot for leisurely strolls, bicycle rides and sidewalk cafés.

The proposed city-parish budget for next year includes $700,000 for a streetscape project that would reduce a portion of the four-lane road to two or three lanes, add sidewalks and possibly bring landscaping and street parking.

The goal is to make Bertrand between Johnston Street and College Drive a friendly corridor for foot and bike traffic and to spur business development, said Kevin Blanchard, city-parish chief development officer.

“We want it to work for the bicyclists, the walkers, the cars and the businesses in the area,” he said.

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