St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Much Needed Infrastructure Projects Approved as Substantially Complete

Much Needed Infrastructure Projects Approved as Substantially Complete

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Three infrastructure projects were presented to the council for approval of Certificates of Substantial Completion at last night’s Finance Committee Meeting. The LA 637 Waterline Relocation Project, the Airport Road Wastewater Collection Pump Station and Force Main Project, and the West Bank Senior Citizens Building Renovations Project have all been completed within the last month. An agreement with the Pontchartrain Levee District was also approved in preparation for bonfire season.

The Certificate of Substantial Completion was approved for the LA 637 (W. 10th) Water Line Relocation project at a final cost of $1,248,432. The project consisted of relocation of various water lines in multiple locations along LA 637 (aka West 10th) in Reserve.  Although delayed due to high water levels in the Mississippi River, this project was completed to accommodate the ongoing Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s (DOTD) LA 637 widening and drainage improvements project. Construction of the widening project will continue for approximately eight months. Road closures to through traffic on LA 637 will continue to move as work progresses.

Approval was also granted for the Certificate of Substantial Completion for the Airport Road Wastewater Collection Pump Station and Sewer Force Main Project following installation of a sewer lift station, force main and gravity system to serve businesses in the industrial park and the Airport. At a final construction cost of $537,149, this project was funded through two Delta Regional Authority grants totaling $290,000, with the remaining funds coming from the Waste Water Operating Fund. Durr Heavy Construction of Harahan, LA installed 2,645 linear feet of collection lines, manholes, a duplex pump station and 2,200 linear feet of force main to connect with the existing gravity system south of Airline Highway.  Wastewater services are now available to businesses on Airport Road, allowing them access to the public wastewater system in lieu of the individual treatment systems.  This project will be an improvement and savings to current businesses, while attracting new businesses to this industrial complex.

Another check mark next to the 2014 Bond Issue allocation was made when the Senior Citizens Renovation Project on the West Bank was approved as substantially complete indicating dollars are being spent as presented to tax payers and voters. The project was recently completed in a final amount of $103,000 utilizing a Local Government Assistance Program (LGAP) grant and the 2014 Bond Issue. Senior citizens can now enjoy upgraded ADA compliant bathrooms, a larger activity room, improvements to the kitchen, and aesthetic upgrades. A new senior citizen facility set to be built at the West Bank Park Complex is currently in design.

In other business, the Public Safety Department initiated preparations for bonfire season by requesting authorization to enter into an agreement with the Pontchartrain Levee District. The 2015 Christmas Bonfire Program allows for the construction of Christmas bonfires on the Mississippi River Levee in the Pontchartrain Levee District. The Public Safety Department will begin issuing permits for bonfires on the east and west banks of the parish beginning Monday, November 16. Participants must pick up an application from the Emergency Operations Center located at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace. The form must be returned with proper documentation and permitting fees. 

"The parish continues to benefit from projects to address long-standing needs with funding from a variety of sources," said Parish President Natalie Robottom. "Millions of dollars of improvements are being made with no increase in taxes, but with smart planning and leveraging of our resources," she added.