The South Lafourche Airport Corridor Project will move forward as Lafourche Parish Government agreed by ordinance to accept $500,000 from the State of Louisiana for planning costs.
The proposed venture includes a connecting roadway between the Hwy. 308 airport entrance and Hwy. 3235. A lift span bridge across Bayou Lafourche is included.
At the Parish Council public meeting on Tuesday, council members agreed unanimously to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the state to use the money for “planning” the project.
The project will allow “residential, commercial, and airport traffic to divert from rural, two lane undivided highways with high crash rates to a safer and more efficient four lane divided highway”, according to Lafourche Parish Government’s website.
The parish says the roadway endeavor will improve community resiliency during disasters, decrease vehicle emissions by improving access to and from the airport in a number of directions, improve response in all types of emergencies, and foster economic growth in Lafourche Parish.
The cost of the project was estimated at $30,960,000 in 2014.
Construction cost is estimated at $25,960,000 while engineering services will be about $3,500,000.
The project cost includes right‐of‐way acquisition and preparation of the environmental documents.
The construction cost includes the cost of mobilization, construction layout, roadway construction and bridge construction with a 20% contingency.
It should be noted that the project is nowhere near any start date and the source of funding is unknown.
More information about the South Lafourche Airport Corridor Project may be obtained at http://www.lafourchegov.org/government/departments/public-works/public-works-projects/south lafourche-airport-corridor
Posted on Tue, April 19, 2016
by Buster Avera, Contributing Writer