Ascension Parish plans around 70 road repairs
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials plan to repair around 70 roads by the end of 2014.
Carla Drive off Highway 44 was slated for repair work for next year's road maintenance project, but was pushed up to this year's project after the road base failed. Ascension Parish Chief Engineer Jason Taylor says that's why the road crumbled.
"That's going to cause the road to ripple and break up, so it was determined by the inspectors that this road, even though it was in next year's package, that it had failed early and we needed to do it now," he said.
Taylor says they'll use concrete cement and lime to solidify the new base before laying asphalt over the road. People living on Carla Drive say the road needed attention years ago.
"It was real rough. I mean it was like a rub board. It was just rough as can be. They had passed us up for a while. It should've been done a few years ago... it was just passed up," said John Gautreaux.
Taylor says the new road will last around 15 years. The repair work on Carla Drive costs around $50,000.