Parish News

Vanceville Rd. bridge plans changed


A change in plans has been announced for construction of a new bridge crossing Willow Chute Bayou on Vanceville Rd., Bossier Parish Engineer Butch Ford told police jury members Wednesday.

Initially, private contractors would be asked to bid on construction of a concrete structure to replace the timber piling bridge. Ford said discussions showed the project would cost much more than anticipated. Prices were extremely high despite plans to use concrete panels already on hand at the highway department, he added.

“We generated a set of plans and sent them out to get comments back from the contractors,” Ford reported. “We found it was going to be pretty expensive; in the neighborhood of $400-$500,000. We had to regroup after we got the calls.”

Ford said plans now call for the jury highway department to construct the new bridge using timber pilings that will be set in place by a contractor whose equipment can handle the extra length necessary to secure the bridge foundation. Police jury equipment can’t handle the lengths necessary for support, Ford said.

“We found a company in south Louisiana that was here working on I-49 and they have a pile driver that can handle the longer pilings,” Ford told jury members. “He has given us a price to come up here and drive the piles for us. Those timbers will be 80 feet.”

Once the piles are in place, Ford said construction of the new bridge should take about two to three weeks.

“We’ll be using our crews to build the bridge,” he said.

In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:

·      Approved a plat of the proposed development of KCL subdivision.

·      Scheduled public hearings to consider application of the Benton-Parish MPC to amend zoning regulations to add livestock and poultry raising to R-1, one-family residence district; to consider approval of a minor plat for Kilpatrick Place subdivision; to consider approval of amended plat for Waters Edge, Cypress subdivision, phase 2A; to consider approval of minor plat survey for Whittington Family Investment Co.

·      Agreed to condemn properties at 1242 Wafer Rd. in Haughton and at 2003 Caplis Sligo Rd., Bossier City.

·      Heard and approved an insurance committee report.

·      Approved the application of Khawla Shihadeh for a 2017 beer/liquor license at Rogers Corner Store, Princeton and approved applications for renewal of Bossier Parish beer/liquor licenses for 2018.

·      Accepted the resignation of Luke Turner from the Bossier Parish Communications District 1 board of directors and agreed to consider appointment to fill the vacancy.

·      Ratified a recommendation of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit board of appeals.

·      Approved a memorandum of understanding between local city, parish and public utility consumers in the Shreveport/Bossier City area and Barksdale Air Force Base for a partnership to share energy reduction opportunities and method via an educational forum.

·      Adopted a resolution to authorize the police jury to consent to and approve of the assignment by Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. to Covey Park Gas, LLC, of certain rights, title and interest in certain mineral leases.

·      Approved an addendum to the agreement by and between Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC and the Bossier Parish Police Jury.

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