YOUNGSVILLE — The City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept a $481,161 bid to complete phase I in the Chemin Metairie Parkway emergency repairs.
Glenn Lege Construction submitted the lowest of three bids — the other two were from Diamond B Construction and Elliott Construction. The council voted Jan. 29 to terminate a previous Diamond B Construction contract, which Mayor Ken Ritter said he wasn’t comfortable with.
“We have surpassed the heavy truck pounds on that road,” Ritter said. “What we have done is taken steps to prolong the life of the road. We took a little more time to put these sets of plans together. We wanted to make sure this plan allows us to have adequate solutions in place in areas where we may have to make modifications to the soil.”
Youngsville City Engineer Pamela Granger said $456,161 will be used for the actual project and the other $25,000 for inspections.
“Once we do our open cuts, we can see what is going on there,” Granger said. “I have driven it several times and what we anticipated would become potholes are potholes now. We want to have budget for inspecting. It will be on an hourly basis and only used if needed.”
Potholes have appeared in sections of the $7 million, 2.6-mile thoroughfare, which runs from La. 92 to La. 89, past Sugar Mill Pond and the Youngsville Sports Complex. Granger said the phase I repairs will begin south of the roundabout by Walgreens on La. 92 and go to the roundabout at La. 89.
Ritter said the traffic count on the engineers’ original 2 percent heavy truck volume estimates “far exceeds” that number and this new contract will have flexibility to adjust it as needed.
“We are hoping to get the contract signed next week,” Granger said. “Glenn Lege is right here in Youngsville. They realize it is an emergency project; they can mobilize very quickly.”
Ritter said he expects Phase I to be completed in 30 calendar days once work begins. In the meantime, no detour routes have been determined, but Granger said she has discussed potential detour routes with Glenn Lege Construction. Once the contract is signed, Granger said, they will finalize detour plans immediately.
“They have been told we need to have access to the schools,” Granger said. “We have taken that into consideration. We will have a detour plan and make it available on our website as soon as we do.
“It’s 30 calendar days because we want them to get in and get out, but if we have to treat the soil, that can take 48 hours.”
This is not the first issue to arise since Chemin Metairie’s opening in 2007. Months after its opening, it closed because of sinkage, and the contractor eventually had to repair faulty work. Last year, the Veterans Circle roundabout, which was part of the phase I construction, was repaired because of potholes.