Paving projects under way in Ferriday

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 17, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; The overhaul of Concordia Parish&8217;s roads is well under way.

Crews from Blain Construction in Mt. Olive

have finished laying the new blacktop in Levee Heights, and work in Ferriday is nearing completion.

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Levee Heights residents are thrilled.

&8220;They look great; I&8217;m really happy about it,&8221; Lizzie Sullivan said. &8220;I&8217;ve been here 26 years and this was the first time they&8217;ve gotten fixed.&8221;

Mary Melancon shared Sullivan&8217;s enthusiasm, saying the new roads have a number of positive effects.

&8220;It makes everything look better; they&8217;re easier to drive on and it might help the value of the houses,&8221; she said.

The Blaine crews have paved part of Bayou Road and are working on Florida, Ohio and Virginia avenues.

Mayor Gene Allen said he hadn&8217;t heard a specific timetable for the project&8217;s completion.

&8220;That depends on the weather,&8221; he said. &8220;If it stays nice, it could be finished in a week or so.

Allen said the new roads would be a welcome part of the city&8217;s ongoing downtown revitalization efforts.

Money for the two separate paving projects came from Louisiana Community Development Block Grants.

Separately, the first set of bonds for the 82-road, $10 million repaving project the police jury is undertaking are in the process being issued.