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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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New coastal pump station commissioned in Lockport Thursday

New coastal pump station commissioned in Lockport Thursday

Lafourche parish officials unveiled the newly commissioned coastal pump station in Lockport Thursday that will drain water for area residents and businesses from Mathews to Lockport.

“Today we commissioned the new Coastal Pump Station, located at the end of North Barrios Street in Lockport, which replaced infrastructure that was more than seventy years old,” said President Jimmy Cantrelle.

The new investment, at a price tag of almost $2.6 million, features 48-inch pumps, new engines and a rebuilt holding suspension for the entire pump system. Coastal Pump Station drains water for area residents and businesses from Mathews (Hwy. 1 to the 40-Arpent Canal at Fantastic Acres Blvd.) to Lockport (Company Canal Station).

“Last year we used this model for the first time at the Parr-Larose Pump Station with success. The design is simple and efficient; it does what it’s supposed to do,” said President Cantrelle.

Picciola and Associates, Inc. designed the new pump station in conjunction with Circle, LLC hired on as the contracting firm to build the station.

The long-term goal for newly constructed pump stations is to join drainage canals throughout Lafourche Parish to compose a Master Drainage Infrastructure.

Councilman Armand Autin, District 7, has seen a combined investment of more than $4 million dollars come to fruition in the past ten months with the commissioning of the Parr-Larose and Coastal Pump Stations under President Cantrelle's leadership.

“We continue to focus our efforts on drainage improvements and recreation where it’s needed. I enjoy seeing these projects wrap-up; it’s a good feeling to accomplish set goals together,” expressed Cantrelle.