The installation of new culverts underneath Ormond Boulevard will necessitate temporary lane switching for motorists for the duration of the project, set to begin in early February and end in late July.
The project will take place in two phases. Phase I will divert southbound traffic from its usual lane to the opposite side of the boulevard beginning at the intersection with Asphodel Drive. The northbound lane will carry two-way traffic for about one-tenth of a mile, and will separate again at the intersection with Parlange Drive.
Phase II will essentially flip the changes, with the northbound lane diverting to the southbound side along the same stretch of roadway.
The parish will distribute informational flyers on the traffic changes to residents and businesses north of the Illinois Central Railroad (near Airline Highway) just before mobilization. In addition, electronic message signs will inform motorists of any changes.
Parish officials do not anticipate any complete closures of the boulevard, but traffic delays are possible.
Low bidder Fleming Construction Co. will replace the three existing 60-inch corrugated metal culverts with a 28 foot by 6.5 foot concrete arch culvert supported by pilings.
Water flow capacity under the boulevard will be increased from 350 cubic feet per second to 1,413 cubic feet per second.
The canal being improved drains subdivisions west of Ormond Boulevard to the Destrehan I pumping station.