Highway 23 Road Raising: Vital road work in progressJul 15th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: top story
Officials say that 2013 will be the last storm season Plaquemines Parish
will face with the flood prone stretch of La. 23 between Alliance and Pointe Celeste. Highway 23 serves as a main evacuation route during emergencies, but often those emergencies are related and cause this stretch of road to become un-driveable.
“This milestone, these improvements and this investment are part of the state’s overall effort to make La. 23 in Plaquemines Parish a safer and more efficient route, especially during emergencies,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas. “Strengthening the infrastructure, sustaining quality of life and providing residents and industry partners alike with a viable corridor to live and work in, and help to ensure that Plaquemines Parish continues to be a major contributor to the regional economy.”
Now through November 1, traffic will be switched to two-lanes on the northbound roadway as crews begin the process for raising the southbound portion of the roadway. Approximately 3.2 miles of southbound La. 23 will be raised by up to two feet in the worst areas. During this process, approximately seven miles of southbound La. 23 will be closed, from the intersection of Ravenna Road near Alliance to 1.5 miles south of the intersection at Lake Hermitage Road, in Point Celeste.
This project will also entail installing drainage structures, resurfacing both sides of the roadway within the project limits, and pavement patching.
“This project best utilizes taxpayer resources as it reduces the recurring costs in mobilizing assets during storms,” said Rep. Chris Leopold of District 105.
“The one-time resources spent on raising Highway 23 prove the local and state’s commitment to both the businesses and residents of the area, and we strive to improve our quality of life.”
“This is a vital project for the residents and businesses of the Westbank of Plaquemines Parish,” said Sen. Alario of District 8. “Funding for the needed
improvements to the primary evacuation route will enhance the quality of
life and facilitate economic development while expediting recovery after rising
waters from hurricanes. The economic benefits of opening commerce after a major storm will pay dividends for the State of Louisiana.” With support from state legislators and local officials DOTD was able to acquire $10.5 million in federal, state, and local funding for this project, which is expected to be completed by winter 2014.
“We saw the frustration in everyone’s eyes when it came to the current road
conditions,” said Parish President Billy Nungesser. “and I’d like to thank Governor Jindal, the Council, and everyone else who recognized the problem, and is helping to do something about it.”