Livingston Parish Council to discuss road work Thursday night

The Livingston Parish Council is poised to review on Thursday a priority list for $3.4 million in road work planned as part of the parish’s road overlay program.

Engineer Jim Delaune, of Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., will present the list to the council as part of a final approval process before the work is put out for bids.

The latest version of the list of projects the parish intends to pay for this year includes work on South Point Drive, Hammack Road, Dunn Road, Perkins Road and Sims Road in the Denham Springs area; South Satsuma Road in Satsuma; Trappers Run in Albany; Cypress Point in French Settlement and Chene Blanc in Maurepas.

The proposed work for Chene Blanc, South Satsuma, Perkins and Hammack will be done in stages, with some of the work not yet funded.

The unfunded stages of those roads, as well as work on Duff Road and Courtney Road in Walker, Falcon Crest in Denham Springs and Juban Extension, among others, are included on the parish’s three-year priority list.

That list currently includes about $4.5 million worth of road work to be completed as funding comes available.

The 53 roads on the council’s wish list must be prioritized in order to qualify for state funding from the Parish Transportation Fund Act, Delaune has said. The state contributes about $1 million annually for road work in Livingston Parish through the act.

The rest of the parish’s available funding for road work is generated by local taxes.

State and local funds cannot be mixed for the same overlay program unless the state’s stricter requirements for prioritizing roads are used for the entire project, Delaune has said.

The Parish Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Livingston Parish Government building, 20355 Government Blvd., Livingston.

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