Police jury road project nears completion

Published 10:57 pm Monday, October 29, 2007

VIDALIA — The second phase of the Concordia Parish Police Jury’s road project should be finished by mid-November.

The company doing the roadwork, Soil Stabilizers, of Ruston, has taken a few days off to do some work in another parish, but should be back in Concordia Parish by Monday, Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said.

“Once they start back, it should only be 10 to 15 days of work before they’re completed,” he said. “We are very pleased with how the project has gone. We’ve gotten some very nice roads.”

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The 31-road improvement project is being completed at a cost of $6.9 million, and is funded by a guaranteed loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A Louisiana Community Development Block Grant is funding three roads in the project, Levens Addition, Rabb Addition and Shady Acres Road.

The bids for those roads were opened Monday, and the low bidder for that project was Soil Stabilizers at $793,015.

The bid will officially be awarded Wednesday night at a specially called police jury meeting, Ferrington said.

Representatives of the board will also meet Wednesday with Blain Companies, of Natchez, and their counsel to discuss the already crumbling phase one road project, completed earlier this year.

The roads included in the phase one projects began to crack and buckle soon after they were completed, and later testing reportedly found some of the roads were built nearly 10 inches short of the state-mandated 12-inch thickness.

The jury later did a boring project on the roads in question to study the extent to which they have already been damaged, and those results are now in, Ferrington said.

Ferrington did not comment on the boring project results, saying he would release more information after Wednesday’s closed-door meeting.