St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Million Dollar Projects Move Closer Toward Completion

Million Dollar Projects Move Closer Toward Completion

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom and her staff continue to bring construction items before the Finance Committee to complete new and existing projects.  No cost change orders were approved to allow for completion of two major projects within the next 60 days.

A no cost change order was approved for Grady Crawford Construction Company, Inc. for a 60 day time extension to complete the Mississippi River Waterline Crossing Project.  With high water levels in the Mississippi River, construction was halted, delaying completion of the project.  Once complete, the project will provide a back-up water supply for the Lions and Edgard water systems which feed west bank, Reserve, Garyville, and Mount Airy residents.   The 12 inch waterline will serve as a distribution line to residents on the east and/or west bank in the event of an emergency. This $1.9 million project also satisfies DHH’s requirement for redundancy at the Edgard Water Plant.

The Council approved a no cost change order for the LA 637 Waterline Relocation Project granting a time extension of 42 days to complete the project.  This $1.6 million construction project was also delayed due to high water levels in the Mississippi River.  Completion of this project will allow the Department of Transportation and Development to continue with the West 10th Widening Project that is currently underway in Reserve. 

In an effort to ensure a continuous flow of water through the Edgard Water Treatment Plant, a contract was awarded to Magnolia Construction Company, LLC of Baton Rouge to construct a Tank Equalization Piping project.  This project involves the installation of approximately 180 linear feet of 12 inch P.V.C. pipe and 20 linear feet of 12 inch ductile iron piping from the ground storage tanks to the existing high service pumps.  The project will also include installation of approximately 60 linear feet of 18 inch P.V.C. piping between the existing ground storage tanks for tank water equalization.  The $99,174 construction project is funded through a Community Water Enrichment Fund Program and the Utilities Capital Improvements fund.   The project is estimated to be complete in 90 days.