Road Report

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Road Report

Carolyn Roy | News Editor
Parish President John Richmond gave an update on capital highway road projects at the Parish Council meeting May 16.
After several weeks of delay because of weather and drainage problems, improvements on Bermuda Road should be underway in two to three weeks.
Surveying and environmental studies are in the process for East Natchitoches drainage improvements.
Survey stationing is underway and expected to be complete next week on Hart Road. Survey stationing will begin on Harmony Road at the completion of stationing on Hart Road.
The project on Lower Cane River, or Martco Road, is under the leadership of the Levee Board and has been delayed because of administrative and engineering issues. Levee Board meetings to discuss additional engineering will be in the next few weeks to get the project reengaged.

This article published in the May 26, 2022, print edition

Richmond is also seeking grant funding for maintenance on Posey and Johnson Chute roads. Richmond said there is no guarantee of funding but the roads meet the criteria for grant application.
Interim Highway Director Dustin Hightower presented the department report to council members indicating they performed 215 jobs during April. The jobs cost a total of $270,157; $42,226 for labor; $137,656 for materials and $90,274 for equipment. The jobs represented 68 miles that received maintenance.
There were 15 jobs in District 1 represented by Chris Paige. They cost $2,280 with $853 for labor, $400 for materials and $1,026 for equipment.
There were five jobs in District 2 represented by Patsy Ward Hoover. They cost a total of $1,238 with $330 for labor, $719 for materials and $189 for equipment.
There were four jobs in District 3 represented by Jim Kilcoyne. The total was $705 with $251 for labor, $332 for materials and $123 for equipment.
There were 102 jobs for 38 miles in District 4 represented by Marty Cheatwood. The total cost was $68,741 with $14,326 for labor, $26,477 for materials and $27,968 for equipment.
The largest district by size, District 5, represented by John Salter, had 89 jobs at a cost of $197,180. Of the total, $26,465 was for labor, $109,757 for materials and $60,967 for equipment. The jobs covered 30 miles.
Work continues on Kisatchie Falls Road that cost just over $93,000.