St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Mississippi River Waterline Crossing Project Begins

Mississippi River Waterline Crossing Project Begins

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Funded in part by the $5.5 million Department of Health and Hospitals Loan, mobilization and preparation began on November 3 for the Mississippi River Waterline Crossing Project. Once complete, the project will provide a back-up water supply for the Lions and Edgard water systems which feed the west bank, Reserve, Garyville, and Mount Airy residents. “This project is a long time coming,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “With the river at its lowest level, this time of year is ideal to complete the project. Having the availability of the line between the east and west banks of our parish is a huge improvement to our water systems,” she added.

Contractors will be working on either side of the Mississippi River batture near the Lions and Edgard Water Treatment Plants drilling 3,050 feet of pipe approximately 75 feet beneath the river. The 12 inch waterline will allow for water to be distributed to residents on the east and/or west bank in the event of an emergency. The project satisfies DHH’s requirement for redundancy at the Edgard Water Plant.

“This type of project is common along the river and services to residents will not be interrupted during construction,” said Utilities Director Virgil Rayneri. A road closure is expected during the project; however, additional notifications will be released when scheduled. The project is expected to be complete by April 2015.

The project was awarded to Grady Crawford Construction Company in September at a cost of $1,879,062.33.