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Bids opened for Leeville public boat launch

Bids opened for Leeville public boat launch

The Leeville Public Boat Launch took another step toward completion on November 19 when construction bids for the long-awaited project were opened in Mathews.

Five contractors offered bids on the launch project.  Coastal Marine Contractors of Slidell was the low bidder at $1,028,044.94.

The highest bid was proposed by Cajun Constructors, Inc. of Baton Rouge at $1,577,485.

The launch design will include two boat ramps, a separate kayak ramp, and a 50-vehicle parking lot at the site near where the old Leeville Bridge once crossed Bayou Lafourche.

The project has been guaranteed funding from various sources with the breakdown as follows:

-- $350,000 from the parish

-- $500,000 in federal aid

-- $500,000 from the state

-- $300,000 from the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. 

Engineering firm for the project is Picciola and Associates, Inc.

Archie Chaisson, Lafourche Parish Administrator, says that acceptance of the low bid will actually take place at the December 10 parish government public meeting.

“After that we will be getting contracts signed and working on getting them in motion,” he said. 

The Leeville community and Launch Leeville, the non-profit group which has been the driving force behind making the launch a reality, are excited about the project.

“The much anticipated public boat launch will be the economic stimulus Leeville desperately needs,” says Launch Leeville in a recent Facebook message.

They are hoping that the project will be ready by summer of 2014 and are looking at next year to initiate other strategies that will make the town a complete tourist destination.

A recreational trail from Boudreaux's Waterfront Motel to the new boat launch and a marsh boardwalk along LA Hwy. 1 in Leeville are in the planning stages for next year, and funding has been partially secured through the Louisiana Seafood Festival Foundation, Inc.

Birdwatching, they say, is the number one outdoor sport in America.  The boardwalks and trails will hopefully lure birdwatchers to the area.  

As Leeville is already considered an extremely popular kayaker’s destination, the public launch will welcome more kayakers and powered boaters than ever. 

Launch Leeville's goal is to increase tourism year-round.