New fund source may be available
With one major infrastructure project in
its initial stage and another being planned for the future, Bossier Parish is
keeping a watchful eye on the nation’s capitol to see if one promise is going
to become a reality.
“The president is talking about putting
together a one trillion dollar infrastructure package,” Parish Engineer Butch
Ford said Wednesday. “If the president comes down with a package that puts in
another trillion, we want to be up there with our flag saying we want some
Ford told parish police jury members the
possibility of seeing a share of infrastructure funds makes the projects more
attractive. Grubbing and clearing has already begun on phase one of the Swan
Lake Rd. project and construction is expected to begin in the fall.
“We’re getting ready to start the
north/south corridor on Swan Lake Rd. on a 20 percent basis. It’s going to be
around $3.2 to $3.5 million and we’ve got to fund that over the next three
years,” he explained.
And the price tag on an east/west
corridor, which is in the early planning stages, could run as much as $50
million. Ford said he might want to talk to the North Louisiana Council on
Governments (NLCOG) and the state to see if 80 percent of the funds for the
project could be provided.
Work on clearing rights-of-way for the
first phase of a new Swan Lake Rd. is moving ahead and Ford said he and his
staff will soon meet with utility companies that have lines and equipment along
“We will put the on 60-days notice to
move their utilities so we can go ahead with our project this fall,” he said.
Phase one of the Swan Lake Rd. project
will extend roughly three miles north from Interstate 220 to the Flat River. The
first mile beginning at the I-220 interchange will be a three-lane roadway.
Plans also call for a pair of dramatic curves to be straightened.
At Wednesday’s meeting, police jury
· Approved a plat of the
proposed development of McLemore Plantation subdivision, unit 2.
· Agreed to schedule
public hearings to consider approval of a minor plat for Gleason Acres,
approval of a plat for the proposed development of Atkins subdivision unit 2,
and approval of a plat of the proposed development of Wemple subdivision unit
· Accepted a report from
the jury’s parks and recreation committee meeting held at Lawson Bo Brandon
Sports Complex last week.
· Unanimously appointed
Lonnie Shaw to the East-Central Bossier Parish Fire District 1 board of
commissioners, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Ronnie Poole.
· Adopted an amended
resolution to reflect approval of a certificate of substantial completion of
the wastewater collection system for Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District
· Adopted a resolution
offering support and recommending the election of Bob Brotherton as Region 4
Executive Board Member of the state police jury association.
· Approved a supplemental
agreement to the contract for engineering, surveying and related technical
services between the jury and Denmon Engineering Company for additional
topographic survey for the La. Hwy. 3 to Airline Dr. Winfield Rd. extension
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