The final phase of the Rosa Parks Transportation Center held its groundbreaking ceremonies on Tuesday, January 19, in downtown Lafayette. The two-story, 41,000-square-foot facility will house the U.S. Postal Service and the City-Parish Traffic and Transportation Department. The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete at a cost of about $8.1 million, 85% of which came from federal dollars. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said the project will serve as “a continuation of the redevelopment of downtown Lafayette.” The old 8,000-square-foot building, which houses the downtown post office and portions of the traffic department, will be demolished once the new facility is completed. The center will be part of a complex that already includes a train depot and a city bus station that opened in 2004.