The Lafourche Parish Council moved quickly through several project updates Tuesday night, including those in recreation, drainage and road paving.
The parish is preparing to begin work on the second phase of a major road paving project in south Lafourche. The construction contract for phase 2 of the paving project in Road Sales Tax District 2 was awarded at the latest council meeting to Huey P. Stockstill. The council approved a budget amendment to add the re-pavement of Hamilton Street to the project, at a cost of roughly $544,000.
The council tabled a second add on to the project, to repave a portion of E. 36th Street, to shorten the project length.
Project engineer Jack Plaisance said the current scope allows for the street to be paved past the residential area up to Cloverly Farms. Councilman Jerry Lafont, who represents that area, said he wanted to shorten the project to only pave from the intersection with La. 308 until just past the residential area, a difference of about 4,000 feet.
Plaisance said work has also stalled on the Choctaw Levee rehabilitation project while they continue to wait for a mitigation response from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project received notice from the Department of Natural Resources that only 0.3 acres would be required, but the project still needs final approval from the corps, Plaisance said.
The parish has been waiting for that since February.
He later suggested the parish administration and council send a letter to the corps asking them to speed up the project.
Councilwoman Luci Sposito said residents are still under a cease and desist order from the federal government not to touch the land surrounding the existing levee.
That order has placed those residents “in limbo,” she said.
Last year, the parish settled a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Protection Agency for dumping fill material into wetlands around the levee.
Construction is also continuing at the new Lockport Community Center. The project was scheduled to finish in November but there may be some rain delays, Plaisance said.
Crews are finishing foundation work and will move on to the metal framing next, he said.
The council unanimously rejected a project to build a multi-use path between the Larose Civic Center and the boat launch, however.
The project was part of a recreational grant package sent to the state.
Lafont asked the council to reject the budget amendment and contract with the state after hearing concerns from the civic center employees, who reportedly had no prior knowledge of the project.
Lafont said the civic center has seen some recent damage and makeshift bridges built between the two sites that have already caused problems.
-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.
Posted on Fri, May 31, 2019
by By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer