A change in direction in one section of Bossier Parish’s $50 million sewer project will save the parish just over a quarter of a million dollars.
Parish police jury members learned of the savings when engineering staffer Nguyen Kha asked for approval to make the change during last week’s jury meeting. Kha’s request was quickly granted.
“I’ve never said no to saving the taxpayers money,” juror Rick Avery said, making the motion to approve the plan change on Consolidated Waterworks/Sewerage District 1.
Parish engineer Butch Ford said the total savings of $225,498 comes from changing the route of lines which will run under I-220 near Shed Road.
“We were going across at Shed Road from Commerce Drive on the south side toward the Northwest School,” Ford said. “That was an very long bore, about 1,800 to 2,000 feet, and it is very expensive to make those very long bores.”
Ford said only a couple of companies in the country have the equipment to make bores of that length.
Ford and Bruce Easterly, another member of the parish’s engineering staff, met with the state Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and worked out a plan which moved the crossing point beneath I-220 farther west.
“We met, regrouped and came up with a way to make it easier to cross. Boring to the west means we don’t have to go under the Shed Road interchange,” Ford said. “That cuts the bore distance to around 200 to 300 feet. It’s uncommon to see a plan change to a major project wind up saving money and in this case, it’s a design change.”