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Parish Engineer Nick Verret gave an update on the Hart and Harmony road projects at the Parish Council meeting Monday.
Low bidder on Hart Road is Apeck Construction LLC of Anacoco and Leesville with a base bid of $2.6 million. The base bid includes roadway and cross drain construction. All other work, such as ditches and other drainage, will be included in Alternate #1. Verret said that usually the work listed in Alternate #1 can be done by the highway department. If Alternate #1 was included in the base bid, there would not be enough money left for Harmony Road. A total of $5.6 million was allotted for both roads.
Hart and Harmony roads “mirror in length” or about 6 miles long. Drainage is also similar. He said that the “bottom” section of Hart Road should withstand normal storms.

This article published in the Aug. 18, 2022, print edition.

The base bid includes addition of liquid polymer that should make the road three to four times stronger than normal overlay. It should withstand garbage and log trucks and is designed to last for 20 years. To save money, the contractor will keep the reclaimed asphalt.
Verret said the drainage improvements will not be as extensive as those required for Fish Hatchery and Bermuda roads.
The bid for Hart Road was approved Monday night and construction should start in 60 days. It will be 17 feet wide to match the existing width.
The Harmony Road project will be let for bids this week with bids due Sept. 13.
In other highway department news, Parish President John Richmond reported that base work, including soil cement, has begun on Bermuda Road.
Interim Highway Director Dustin Hightower reported that his department spent $7,848 in July to remove downed trees. Materials cost $150, labor cost $2,610 and equipment cost $5,087.
There were 217 jobs worked parish-wide that cost $240,645. Of that total, $49,773 was for labor, $72,408 was for materials and $118,463 was for equipment. The work represented 62 miles.
In District 1 represented by Chris Paige, there were seven jobs that cost $3,925 with $991 for labor, $1,160 for materials and $1,774 for equipment.
In District 2 represented by Bill Allen, there were four jobs that cost $6,168 with $1,946 for labor, $923 for materials and $3,298 for equipment.
In District 3 represented by Jim Kilcoyne, there were four jobs for a total of $1,240 with $267 for labor, $537 for materials and $435 for equipment.
In District 4 represented by Marty Cheatwood, there were 124 jobs for a total of $129,142 with $27,081 labor, $40,070 for materials and $61,990 for equipment. The work represented 30 miles.
In District 5, there were 78 jobs for a total of $100,168 with $19,486 for labor, $29,716 for materials and $50,964 for equipment. The work represented 32 miles.