LOCAL

St. Gabriel road project's first phase complete

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ST. GABRIEL - The City of St. Gabriel is continuing with phase two of a major streets improvement program, after completing a $1.5 million effort in recent months.

“We are moving ahead with roadway improvements,” St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel Johnson said. “These investments in our infrastructure are important to ensuring the safety and welfare of our residents and businesses.”

The City of St. Gabriel retained IMS Engineers to manage the infrastructure improvements.

IMS coordinated bidding processes and managed the construction of street overlay, widening and drainage improvements in the first phase of the street improvement program, which began in late March and was completed this summer.

IMS is now working with the construction firm R.J. Daigle and Sons to initiate the second phase of street improvements, which includes the following 12 streets: Asphodel Drive, Belle Terre Drive, Chancellor Avenue, Clocktower Drive, Faculty Drive, Fieldhouse Avenue, Grace’s Drive, Madewood Drive, Politz Avenue, Rose Down Drive, South Club Avenue and Tiger Drive.

Beginning in September 2013, these 12 streets will see nearly $500,000 in improvements including edge repair and overlays, with some also expected to have grinding work performed before the overlay is completed.

As construction begins in each of the phases of the program, residents will be alerted through door hangers placed in their neighborhoods. Funding for these street infrastructure improvements comes from the City of St. Gabriel’s 2012 bond sales.