Friday, February 3, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, to commemorate completion of the Fairway Drive Bridge Repair Project in LaPlace. Parish President Natalie Robottom & Administrative staff, Capital Projects Administrator Daron Cooper and Council Chairman Larry Snyder joined Andre Monnet with Principal Engineering, Inc. and Tyler Duplantis and Kevin Passman with Sealevel Construction, Inc. for the ceremony.
Designed by Principal Engineering, Inc., improvements included installation of new concrete pilings, replacement of the old bridge with a new one and addition of hand rails. “The new bridge replaces a structure that was rapidly becoming structurally unsafe and constricted the drainage canal flow, causing scour and erosion,” said Andre Monnet with Principal Engineering, Inc. The canal banks have also been stabilized to prevent erosion and the load capacity of the new Fairway Bridge is now adequate for all legal truck loads.
The project was constructed by Sealevel Construction, Inc. at a cost of $540,621.00. It was funded through the 2014 Bond Issue. Councilman Snyder said, “Improvements to the bridge were much needed and a long time coming. The new bridge is beautiful and because it is such a high traffic area, we can be assured that all motorists are safe while traveling over it.”
Contractors finished weeks ahead of schedule and just in time for the LaPlace Parade to roll through its normal route down Fairway Dr. Construction to the bridge on Woodland Drive is anticipated to begin soon. “The Fairway Bridge project is another example of investments in Parish infrastructure utilizing bond dollars entrusted to the Parish by voters,” said Parish President Robottom. She added, “Although our number one priority is levee protection, we will continue making improvements to roads, sidewalks and interior drainage Parishwide.”