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Livingston Parish adopts priority road list

2 years 11 months 1 week ago June 12, 2014 Jun 12, 2014 Thursday, June 12 2014 June 12, 2014 9:38 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

LIVINGSTON PARISH - A list of 61 roads, or sections of roads, are on a list ready for redevelopment after a meeting Thursday night where the Livingston Parish Council adopted a priority road list.

The first half of this list, 29 roads, are already funded and will cost the parish an estimated $3.4 million. The second half of the list is on a three year priority list and will cost the parish an additional $4.6 million. Parish President Layton Ricks moved another $500,000 into the road priority list fund to help push the project along.

No one on the council voted against moving forward with the plan that will cost about $300,000 per mile of road. Now engineers will move forward with the list, but work is still months away.

The list is a relief for people who have been dealing with bad roads for a while. Like the Chinquapin Campsite Homeowners Association who have been attending council meetings since last November wearing yellow shirts.

"It's a tough road to have to live on," said AJ Raymond, who lives on Chene Blanc in Maurepas. "At least three to four years this has been going on. It's been quite a while."

Chene Blanc was originally added to a priority list in early 2013, but the work never happened because the parish was on track to possibly overspend more than $1 million on road repairs last year.

The first phase of Chene Blanc made the number 10 spot and will cost the parish an estimated $300,000. The second phase of repairs on the road is not yet funded.

Each road on the list was walked, assessed and evaluated based on condition, safety and public access. Roads serving large populations or schools were given priority.

The number one road on the list is South Point Blvd, followed by Dunn Road. Other roads on the list include a three-phased Perkins Road, Swamp Road, two phases for South Satsuma Road, Jason Drive and Sims Road.

Project Manager Jim Delaune, of Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., presented the list to the council as part of a final approval process.

"There are thousands of roads in Livingston Parish," said Delaune. "If you travel the roads here, you'll know that about every road needs work and there's just not enough funds to get all of the problems taken care of."

The roads that made the list are prioritized in order to qualify for state funding from the Parish Transportation Fund Act. The state contributes about $1 million for road work in the parish, the rest of the funding is generated by taxes.

Delaune says the next step is to finalize the list with the council before the work is put out for bids.

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