St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Reserve Drainage Project Phase II Approved for Construction

Reserve Drainage Project Phase II Approved for Construction

Wednesday, August 13, 2019 

St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom recently received authorization to award the bid for construction of the Reserve Drainage Project Phase II to Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. at an amount of $2,599.280.00 for the base bid, and $173,517.50 for Alternate Number 1, for a total amount of $2,772,797.50. 


Phase II of this project was delayed due to GOHSEP and FEMA approval, as well as permitting issues, but it is finally moving forward. 


This drainage project, 100 percent funded through a FEMA/GOHSEP Hazard Mitigation Grant from Gustav/Ike, will encompass Terrance St., West 8th St., Marmillian Loop, Toni Dr., West 2nd St., West 4th St., Cornland Dr., and Hart Dr.  All are known for historically flooding. 


“I am very pleased to see this project get off the ground after 11 years,” said Councilwoman District 2 Julia Remondet. “Thank you to Congressman Garret Graves for his assistance as I know the residents who live here are more than ready to see the project move forward. Additionally, CN Railroad has approved crews to clean culverts in the area, so we are looking forward to major improvements in the upcoming months.” 


The project designed by Shread-Kuyrkendall & Associates includes installation of a subsurface drainage system including replacement of existing missized culverts or addition of new concrete culverts in the existing system of ditches.


Phase I of the Reserve Drainage Project which included improvements to West 1st Street (Cornland to Railroad Avenue) and Parker Lane (Leblanc Street to Railroad Avenue) was completed in 2011. It was funded through the 2009 Bond Issue. 


Phase III of the Reserve Drainage Project, funded through the 2014 Bond Issue, comprised of drainage improvements along E. 27th, E. 26th, Melius, and E. 24th Streets in Reserve beginning at Perrilloux Drive. This was completed in 2018. 


"After tireless effort and coordination, we are pleased that the project is finally coming to fruition and residents in these areas can get relief during heavy rain events," said President Robottom.