Raymond Street set for overlay project

One of the roughest roads in the city of Gonzales will receive a makeover courtesy of the Ascension Parish government.

The Gonzales City Council on Monday unanimously approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the parish government to rehabilitate Raymond Street, which City Engineer Jackie Baumann called “one of the worst roads in the city.”

Baumann said parish officials allow one road from the city to be included in the parish’s road improvement plan each year, and city officials suggested Raymond Street, which is located near Orice Roth Road and Lanoux Avenue.

The project, she said, had been designed and was ready for bid.

However, the city requested the parish to design the road at a commercial standard, rather than residential, which required the city to pay for the additional cost. Baumann said the city’s cost would be $34,865, though she wasn’t sure the cost of the entire project.

Raymond Street is a concrete road. The parish will replace the road with an 18-inch base and overlay the base with asphalt, Baumann said.

The original project called for three inches of asphalt overlay, but city officials wanted six inches. The city will pay for the additional three inches of asphalt, which required the cooperative endeavor agreement, she said.

Removing a concrete road and converting it to asphalt is an expensive project, Baumann said, so she was excited to have those costs covered by the parish. She offered her full support to the project and called it a “fair agreement” between the city and parish.