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Flood damaged roads a priority

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Flood damaged roads in Bossier Parish will be targets of special attention from the parish highway department after workers return from the July 4 holiday weekend.

Parish Administrator Bill Altimus told parish police jury members Wednesday that a special crew would be given the task of seeking out and repairing roads across the parish that may have suffered structural damage due to high water.

“We thought for perhaps the next two to three months we would put a crew together specifically to work on flood damaged roads,” Altimus told jurors during their monthly meeting. “We will continue our regular road repair program plus we’ll take care of the flood damaged roads.”

Altimus said once a road is covered with water, the base becomes saturated and traffic causes issues with the surface and the base, including cracks and potholes.

“We have only so many people and so many hours in a day to repair our roads,” he said. “This won’t be the whole highway department, it will be just the size and the people we need…” to do the jobs.

Altimus said videos would be shot of all the roads in their current condition. And, he added, documenting the damage could mean the parish might get a little help in recovering some of the repair costs.

“We may be able to get some FEMA reimbursement on these roads,” he said. “They are very particular in determining whether or not the damage was due to flooding.”

During Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members also:

  • Authorized advertising for bids on the parish’s wastewater collection system and for improvements for Woodfern Lane and to the Woodlake subdivision road.
  • Agreed to schedule public hearings for plat approvals on M&O East subdivision, unit 3; for Belle Rose at Legacy subdivision, unit 6; and Fairburn subdivision. A public hearing was also approved to consider abandonment of Pin Oak Flat subdivision.
  • Granted 15-day extensions on three parcels of property that had been presented for condemnation, and voted to condemn property located on Highway 3 in Benton.
  • Agreed to a service and usage agreement with the Town of Benton for a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant sewer improvements project.
  • Approved a change order on the Eastwood drainage project.
  • Approved a vendor agreement with City Tele-Coin Company, Inc. for installation of an Internet-based video visitation system at the Bossier Parish jail.