Possible parkway linking Ascension and Livingston to be discussed

A pair of public meetings has been scheduled next week in Ascension and Livingston parishes to discuss the feasibility of building a parkway between the two parishes.

The first meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Livingston Parish Health Unit, 29261 S. Frost Road, Livingston. Ascension Parish officials will host a meeting the next day, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lakeside Primary School, 16500 La. 431, Prairieville.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez announced the public meetings in a news release on Wednesday. Each of the meetings will be styled as an open house with parish engineers and officials on hand to answer questions and provide information for the proposed project.

Livingston residents with questions regarding the meeting can call (225) 686-2266, while Ascension residents can call (225) 450-1012.

Officials in the two parishes have been discussing the proposed parkway, a four-lane road and bridge crossing the Amite River, connecting U.S. 190, Interstate 12 and Interstate 10.

The parkway would link La. 933 in Ascension Parish to La. 447 in Livingston, lessening traffic on a new roundabout near Port Vincent at the intersection of La. 42 and La. 431, where about 20,000 cars cross the Amite River per day.

Preliminary discussion has centered around a potential toll road that could generate more than $5 million per year if a $2 toll would be charged, officials have said.

The road also would provide Livingston residents with quicker access to I-10, Ascension residents with quicker access to I-12 and possibly create economic development opportunities in both of the parishes, officials have said.