Parish News

Vanceville Rd. bridge will be concrete


A timber-supported bridge on Vanceville Rd. will be replaced by a concrete structure after structural engineers concluded that driving replacement pilings would not be feasible.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said using timber pilings on the structure over Willow Chute Bayou would mean posting the bridge at limits between 15 and 25 tons.

“We would have to spend about $75 to $80,000 and post it like that,” Ford reported to the Bossier Parish Police Jury Wednesday. “We can go to 85 feet with concrete piles and take concrete bridge panels we already have.”

Ford said the concrete structure might cost a little more but “ would be worth it to not have to post it.”

Because anticipated cost to replace the timber bridge is under $150,000, using concrete panels already on hand, Ford said he would probably call licensed contractors and get three bids then discuss the project with structural consultants.

Ford also told jury members that five more flood destroyed homes are scheduled for purchase by Aug. 25 and four more could be ready for purchase soon. That brings the number of buyouts to about half the number for which applications were filed.

Additionally, Ford said, approximately 10 more homeowners want to apply under the repetitive loss program. Deadline for filing those applications is in November.

“We’re taking bids on tearing down homes we’ve already purchased,” Ford said. Most of those are in the Tall Timbers subdivision in Haughton.

In other business, the police jury:

·      approved the application of G&H Development for a zoning amendment changing zoning on 55.139 acres from Residence-Agriculture (R-A) to one-family residence (R-1).

·      Approved reverting zoning classification on Myers Rd. property from R-LD, residential low density, to R-A, residential agriculture.

·      Approved application of Barron Barton to change zoning on Willow Chute Commercial Subdivision, unit 1, from B-2, limited business district, to B-3, general business district.

·      Approved an application of Heroes Tavern for a conditional use approval for the sale of high and low content  alcohol for on-premise consumption.

·      Approved application of GST Capital Partners, LLC for conditional use approval to place a 275-foot telecommunication tower at 2671 Sligo Rd.

·      Approved plats of proposed developments of Draper and Simmons Estates subdivision, Willow Trace subdivision unit 5B and Lakewood subdivision unit 4D.

·      Scheduled public hearings to consider plat approvals for William Charles Ehrhardt, Kevin Meadows, and the proposed development of Turtle Creek subdivision units 3,4 and 5.

·      Granted a 30 day extension for improvement on property on Red Chute Lane and closed a property standards case on property on Dogwood Trail.

·      Approved the application of Stephanie Hart for a beer and liquor license at Heroes Tavern on Airline Dr.

·      Adopted a resolution supporting Performance Proppants, LLC to receive local benefits of the Enterprise Zone Program.

·      Adopted resolutions supporting Impact Windows, LLC and CellXion, LLC (dba Sabra Industries Building Systems) to receive local benefits of the Quality Jobs Program.

·      Agreed to forward a possible ordinance regulating fireworks in Bossier Parish to the jury’s subdivision committee for discussion.

·      Set Nov. 6 as special primary election date for the office of Bossier Parish Constable, Dist. 5.

·      Authorized expenditure of funds to acquire and demolish homes at 108 Tall Timbers, 347 Cane Bend, 208 Whispering Pine, 227 Shadow Ridge, 2030 Lalo Rd., 627 Pine Cone Dr., 637 Pine Cone Dr. and 265 Hurricane Bluff, all in Haughton.

·      Ratified approval of agreement between Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Bossier Parish for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to purchase and demolish eight homes.

·      Ratified approval of the application for federal assistance SF-424 for acquisition and demolition of flood-damaged homes in Bossier Parish.

·      Approved proposal from Owen Engineering, LLC for engineering services for replacement of the Vanceville Rd. bridge over Willow Chute Bayou.




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