Wednesday, August 8, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom, administrative staff, and council members Jaclyn Hotard and Cheryl Millet celebrated completion of the Greenwood Drive Roadway Rehabilitation Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Other attendees were Monica Hoffpauir of Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc., Matt Hermanson of Principle Engineering, LaPlace Elementary Principal Allison Cupit and Assistant Principals Roslyn Davis and Patty Forsythe. The roadway rehabilitation project was designed to reconstruct and repair Greenwood Drive in LaPlace, between Carrollwood Drive and Ridgefield Drive, near LaPlace Elementary School. The project was scheduled during the summer months when it would have the least impact on school traffic.
Repairs to the road were completed by Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. of Robert, LA at a cost of approximately $209,200.00. Many positive comments were relayed to President Robottom regarding the quality of the project and the construction company. “Not only did the contractor complete the project with no complaints, it was also completed under budget saving taxpayers,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. The contractor cleaned and sealed bridge approach seams, including driveways and sidewalks and also made improvements to the handicap curb on the northwest side of the bridge and at the roadway intersections. “Greenwood between Carrollwood and Ridgefield is a perfect example of how beautiful curb cuts can be done and provide permanent accessible areas for visual and mobility impaired citizens,” said Tom Livingston, St. John Parish ADA Coordinator.
The project was finished over a week ahead of schedule, including clean-up and replacement sod. “I want to thank Bryon E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. for the quality and professionalism they showed during this project. They completed it early and kept the residents informed of the various stages of construction. The road is now safe and pot hole free,” said Cheryl Millet, Councilwoman District 7. “I am happy we were able to have it completed in time for the 2012-13 school year,” she added. Jaclyn Hotard, Councilwoman-at-Large, Division B expressed her appreciation of the resident’s during construction of the project, “I'd like to thank the residents for their patience during the construction process and we will continue to assess the need for road improvements throughout the area.” Trey Polk, representing Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc., expressed his appreciation for the project. He said, “Our company enjoyed working for St. John Parish and the residents as always and we are happy the project was successful.”