Walker making Industrial Park road improvements
WALKER - The city of Walker plans to pave the way for future industrial growth in the Livingston Parish Industrial Park by rehabilitating the only road through the area.
The Walker City Council will give the roadwork plans a green light at its meeting Monday. The city will redo the existing road in the Industrial Park and turn a gravel road into another way out of the park to Florida Boulevard. The project also includes utility upgrades.
The Industrial Park houses CB&I, Waste Management, Miscellaneous Steel Specialties and Compressor Engineering Corporation offering hundreds of jobs in Walker. Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey says some of the businesses do not want to grow further in the area because of poor road conditions in the park.
"They expressed their concern that they couldn't continue to put money into the area with the condition of the roads, so we made temporary improvements but then that started the ball rolling on applying for grants for a complete renovation of the roads that were looking at now," said Ramsey.
The $5 million project would not be possible without money from three separate grants obtained by Walker leaders in the past year. Walker will only end up paying $500,000 for the improvements while Livingston Parish chips in $600,000.
"It makes our Industrial Park more attractive for future businesses coming in, but just as important, it fulfills an obligation we have to maintain the roads in the shape that our current tenants there, the large tenants that we have there, that they expected when they were doing their business with the city," said Ramsey.
Ramsey expects construction to begin in the next few months.