Spillway Road reopens

Historic openings for the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in Norco in 2019 – with the area being opened twice for an extended period of time – left St. Charles Parish government and residents with a  major problem.

Spillway Road – which serves as a vital link between Montz and Norco – would take time to reopen.

At the time of closure, parish spokeswoman Samantha de Castro said the parish planned to do something different with the road than the “Band-Aid” approach it’s gotten in the past.

Miles Bingham, director of public works for St. Charles Parish, said the parish’s engineers worked extremely hard to determine what past repairs were effective, and which ones were not, and that all intentions were to move forward with more permanent solutions. 

Last week officials were finally able to cut the ribbon on the completion of the road restoration process and the re-open Spillway Road for public use. 

The Department of Public Works started the road restoration process with principal engineering in October 2020 and proceeded with construction by Omega General Construction in March 2021. All box culverts were reset and bolstered, and the road was revitalized with a cement-stabilized base to withstand openings in the future. The road was re-edged and restored with new asphalt, and the road repair includes rock revetment work at crossings.

The project’s total cost was $1,358,556 and came from the Roads and Drainage – Paved Streets fund. Construction costs were $1,157,156, and the remaining $201,400 was for engineering. 

 

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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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