Two St. Charles Parish Capital Projects targeting Lakewood Drive in Luling have been in the planning stages, and 2023 is the year work is set to begin.
The first step is the Lakewood Drive Rehabilitation project that encompasses US 90 to Heather Drive. Director of Public Works Miles Bingham said this project includes improving subsurface drainage and replacing the old concrete roadway with a new concrete roadway.
Parish Director of Communications Samantha de Castro said bids for construction for the project will be received by DOTD until Feb 8, adding that residents can expect to see construction begin approximately three months after a selection is made.
“The parish will oversee the work and select the engineers for the project,” she said. “Before any work begins, we will hold a public information meeting to ensure the public is well informed about the work that will take place and detour information.”
The second phase of the Lakewood Drive work is still in the engineering phase. This project consists of Heather Drive to Gregory Drive and includes the replacement of concrete panels.
Parish Councilwoman-At-Large for Division B Holly Fonseca said any temporary inconveniences that the roadwork will pose to drivers and residents will pay off in the end.
“This will be well worth it when it’s done,” she said. “I’ve watched the condition of the road deteriorate over the years. Panels of concrete have been replaced over the years from US 90 to Heather Drive, but it needs a total rehabilitation including the drainage. I’m really happy to see it being done.”
She said many parish projects – including this roadwork – experienced delays because of the pandemic and then Hurricane Ida.
“I think this year residents are going to see more projects rolling out and breaking ground,” Fonseca said.
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