Posted: Mar 25, 2010 9:15 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 25, 2010 11:26 PM
Livingston Parish Council Members voted 8-1 to fix a deadly road in Denham Springs. Beginning next year, workers will fix a treacherous "S" curve on Eden Church Road, add a turning lane and repave it.
According to council members, in recent years there have been countless wrecks and two deadly crashes.
Residents who use the road daily gave a tongue lashing to council members.
"All I'm asking is how could you not vote to repair this road, and shame on you if you vote against it," Michelle Blazier said.
Other residents begged the coucilmen to work together.
"Why don't we see if we can all get along," Douglas Lovett said. "Livingston parish is growing. It's got a dynamic future and it's going to take each councilman working with the parish president to get the job done."
The improvements to Eden Church Road will be made possible through federal stimulus money. Nearly $1.5 million will come from the feds. Livingston Parish will put up about $250,000 for the repairs. The reason why tonight's vote was so critical was that the money was time sensitive. If the council didn't vote to accept the improvements, the state would take the money away.
"We were going to lose that money," Councilwoman Cindy Wale said.
The project will be let for bid this fall. Construction will start in the spring and should take about four months to complete.