St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Intersection Closure at Persimmon Street and Captain G. Bourgeois

Intersection Closure at Persimmon Street and Captain G. Bourgeois

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

After years of flooding and drainage problems, the Persimmon Street Drainage Project is well underway. Command Construction Industries, LLC, the contractor assigned to the project, will begin work on Captain G. Bourgeois at the intersection of Persimmon Street beginning Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 am. Consequently, residents must access their homes from River Road as they will be unable to enter or exit Persimmon Street from Captain G. Bourgeois. Residents in the surrounding area will have access to their homes, but Captain G. Bourgeois will be open to through traffic only. This project is expected to be completed in approximately 60 days.

As the project moves forward, representatives from the parish Administration will maintain contact with the contractor and engineers and make notifications to residents as necessary. “As a result of this project, the historical flooding and drainage problems that have plagued this area will be corrected. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience, but anticipate a successful project at the conclusion of construction,” stated Parish President Robottom.

The St. Joan of Arc/Persimmon St. Drainage Project was designed by N-Y Associates, is managed by Shread-Kuyrkendall & Associates, Inc. and is being constructed by Command Construction Industries, LLC. This portion of the project includes installation of two new pumps between Persimmon St. and Captain C. Bourgeois to pump storm water into the Mississippi River, rather than traveling north of Airline Highway. The project was funded through the 2009 bond issue at a total cost of $1,539,190.00.