Rain slows city construction projects

Deidre Cruse

The afternoon showers and thunderstorms have provided welcome relief from the heat, but have slowed Plaquemine's road construction program.

Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said the contractor on Phase II of asphalt overlays has finished 65 percent of the project, but has been able to work only two days a week lately.

“There's only so much they can do with the weather,” the mayor said.

Also slowed is work on the pavilion at Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park. A new roof for the facility, the old Nadler Foundry with a massive facelift, is in, but the contractor cannot install it until the weather improves.

“It's take about a week if we can get some good weather,” Gulotta said.

He said the pavilion, scheduled to be finished by August 15, would come in about a month late.