Denham Springs River Road widening project to begin in May

Repaving and widening of River Road should start by the end of May, after the Denham Springs City Council approved a low bid for the project Monday.

The council approved R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors’ bid of $273,650.95, the lowest of five bids for the project, which runs from Government Boulevard to Centerville.

Estimated cost for the project was just under $359,000, said Joshua Stutes, senior engineer with Fenstermaker, the consulting design engineers on the project.

Stutes said R.J. Daigle’s bid was fair and not irregular, and he recommended its acceptance.

The road work should start by the end of May, Stutes said, with an estimated project period of 30 days.

The council also approved an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for additional drainage improvements along U.S. 190 between Benton Lane and La. 1032.

The project involves removing and replacing undersized drain pipes on the north side of U.S. 190, according to the agreement.

Culverts previously installed in that area were higher than other culverts upstream, causing some drainage backup, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.

In other business, sitting as the Denham Springs Economic Development District, the council approved an amended agreement for the 4-acre property immediately west of Sam’s Club along Interstate 12 to allow for a hotel.

City Attorney Paeton Burkett said the developer, E. Jacob Fa-Kouri, wanted the property to be divided into two tracts, with one to be used for either a restaurant or retail space and the other for a hotel or retail.

Discussions to bring a hotel to the second tract already are underway, Burkett said.

The amended agreement also added parking requirements, delivery requirements and restrictions preventing access between the two tracts and Sam’s.