Daily Commute Under Construction Since 2016

WTH Lafayette?!

Today. Today was the straw that broke this camel’s back. There is no longer rage. There is no longer frustration. I can only feel numb.

Because that is the ONLY way I am gonna survive all this damn street construction.


I live off of Verot School Road, so I have been dealing with that hellacious situation for nigh on two years now.


The construction is older than my youngest child. She only knows Verot to be under construction.

She only knows of the bumpy transections, the dangerously deep precipice, the L-O-N-G red light cycles, and those people trying to turn left onto Rue Louis. 

She has never turned left onto Camellia Extension.

And then. As if that wasn’t enough.

I present to you: Kaliste – freaking – Saloom Road.

I mean. Need I say more? 

The only parallel to Verot east of the Vermillion River, is ALSO under construction.

Good times. Good times.

The construction zone moves up and down, and down and up, and left and right and left again. Those coned lanes are totally unpredictable.

And again, those poor people who need to turn left, and those sorry suckas stuck behind them. 

My family’s commute times have DOUBLED. DOUBLED! in the past year. 

And then. 

then. then. then. 


I had forgotten. Silly silly me.

South College is down to two lanes leading up to Johnston Street: a left turning lane, and a straight / right turn lane. I sat through SIX light cycles before I could turn onto Johnston this afternoon. It was so bad, it made traffic on Johnston seem like smooth sailing. That’s bad y’all. 

And I know it’s just for Mardi Gras. That is my only solace.

I am sure that I will be singing the praises of all this mess when I can cruise down Verot without stopping behind someone turning left onto Camellia, hopefully sometime before my kids are in Driver’s Ed.

Meanwhile, I’ll just count my blessings and be thankful that at least Camellia is no longer under construction … for now.

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


  1. I hope the news, or the city, or SOMEBODY sees this! We live off of Verot too and it is a nightmare. With K. Saloom and Verot under construction it feels like you’re trapped in the south side circle of hell. Like how thought it was a good idea to put Costco on Amb, “fix” Camelia, work on Verot, and “fix” K. Saloom all at tge same G-D time!!!?!?


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