Enterprise Boulevard: City objects to plan to close Harleaux St. off from Bayou Road

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

W. W. Harleaux Street would become a cul-de-sac when Enterprise Boulevard is extended from Bayou Road to Belleview Road under state highway department rules, officials learned last week.

Plaquemine Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta is objecting to the plan, and is seeking a meeting to discuss other ways of handling the intersection.

“It’s a major outlet that way,” he said. “It’s been that way for 30 years. Now, they’re going to route everything to Bayou Road...Why build a brand new major road and cut off the old mayor road.”

The Iberville Parish Council is preparing to extend Enterprise from Bayou Road (La. 3066) at the new Bayou Plaquemine bridge to Belleview Road (La. 75) at Tenant Road.

Because the intersections of the new road would be located on state routes, the parish had to apply for state Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) permits, Ann Trappey of engineers Forte & Tablada told the Parish Council last week. Trappey’s firm is handling the project for the parish.

“DOTD noted the existing proximity of the W. W Harleaux intersection to this new intersection along La. 3066 would be approximately 150 feet away,” she said in a letter to Gulotta. “Because DOTD’s standard is to disallow any two intersections within 500 feet of each other, the location of the existing intersection created an issue that would need to be resolved prior tot he issuance of a permit.”

Trappey said her firm agreed with DOTD’s proposed solution co close Harleaux at Bayou Road and reroute “those few vehicles” to Banks Street.

“From a safety standpoint, this is the most feasible resolution for the parish and the city,” she wrote the mayor. “We are proposing to place a cul-de-sac and dead end W. W. Harleaux.”

The parish would put in signage directing people to use Banks, rather than Harleaux, to connect with Bayou Road.

“There’s a safety concern, but there’s got to be a [better] way to do that,” the mayor said.

He said he was concerned about the fire department’s ability to move its big equipment across town for fires and other emergencies.

Gulotta has asked the city’s engineers, Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) of Baton Rouge, to review the plans. He expected a report at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen.

The mayor said he has asked Trappey and parish Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. to meet with city officials and PEC to discuss more acceptable ways to handle the intersection.