Wednesday, April 17, 2019
St. John the Baptist Parish – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held earlier today to commemorate completion of repairs to the Woodland Drive Bridge in LaPlace. Parish President Natalie Robottom and Administrative staff joined by Council Member Larry Snyder, Henry DiFranco with Principal Engineering, Inc. and Eric LeBourgeois with Bucktown Contractors to cut the ribbon for the project.
The bridge was completely rehabilitated a new guard rail, retaining wall, and paving. Deteriorating and rotting timber pilings were selectively removed and replaced under the bridge and the fence and swing gate were repaired and repainted.
“This is the fourth and final parish bridge project completed under my tenure as Parish President, said Robottom. This project took a great deal of coordination with Utilities and the neighboring property owners because the bridge is used access the waste water plant, which remained operational. I appreciate the hard work of my staff, the engineers, and the contractor in getting the job done in a short period of time with a limited budget,” stated Robottom.
Funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, the total project cost was $240,905 which is slightly less than the budgeted amount of $300,000. Similar to the Country Club Dr., Greenwood Dr. and Fairway Dr. Bridges, assessment of the Woodland Dr. Bridge by the Capital Projects Administrator, Public Works staff, a third-party consultant and the Department of Transportation and Development revealed the need for significant repairs.
“The bridge repair projects are great examples of critical infrastructure improvements made possible with bond funds entrusted to the parish for that purpose. More than $2 million have been invested in the four bridges and Greenwood Dr. since 2010,” said Robottom. “These types of projects are critical to the safety of our residents and the growth and sustainability of our community.”