The final phase of the Iberville Parish Council’s road program – 26 miles of rural roads in the White Castle area – should go to bid next month, Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. reported last week.


 

The final phase of the Iberville Parish Council’s road program – 26 miles of rural roads in the White Castle area – should go to bid next month, Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. reported last week.

At a special meeting earlier in the month, the Parish Council approved the sale of $8.9 million in bonds to finance the last phase. The Parish Council pledged its portion of a new one-cent sales tax to the roadwork.

“I want to start as quickly as possible,” Ourso told the council. “This is the most expensive part of the road program. I want to get it out on bid, probably in April.”

The parish president said he met with engineers Forte & Tablada last week about a plat for land to be purchased by the Iberville Parish Jail for the development of Enterprise Boulevard South. He said he expects to present a proposal to the council at its meeting in April.

The project will cost about $2 million, Ourso said, with land costs running at $160,000.

“If everything works in our favor and we can purchase the land by April,” the much-anticipated road could go under construction this summer, Ourso said.

The new road will connect Enterprise Boulevard North and Enterprise Bridge over Bayou Plaquemine with Belleview Road at Tenant Road.

During the recent train derailment in Plaquemine, emergency officials were able to use Enterprise Bridge and the north boulevard as a detour from La. 1 while that major artery was closed. Officials said handling traffic during the emergency would have been even easier if the southern part of the boulevard had been in place.

Enterprise Boulevard North initially was proposed as an emergency evacuation route for residents of the Choctaw area in the event La. 1 was closed because of a chemical or other incident.