Stanford Avenue roadwork is slated for completion Thursday, which is good news for LSU fans who use the busy roadway as a main traffic artery on Tiger football game days.
“We absolutely have a plan for Stanford and football,” said William Daniel, interim director of the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works. “This is Baton Rouge and we know what it’s like on Saturday night here.”
Construction is expected to be completed on the road — which is just south of Perkins Road — and Stanford’s four lanes should reopen two days before LSU’s first home game Saturday against Northwestern State.
The construction work began in February.
“We’re 90 percent complete right now,” said Michael Ellis, program manager for CH2M Hill, the company overseeing the city-parish’s sewer improvements plan.
Ellis said Tuesday the construction work was minimally affected by Tropical Storm Lee, which rolled through southeast Louisiana over the weekend.
“There may be some cleanup and some work on sidewalks after the fact, but we’re still on schedule to get it open,” Ellis said.
The work is being done to increase the capacity of the sewer system by enlarging the underground pipes and mains to reduce sewer overflows and backups when heavy downpours overwhelm the system.
The project cost is estimated at about $4.5 million, Ellis said, and is being completed by Gilmore & Son Construction Corp.
Ellis said he doesn’t anticipate any additional serious delays.
However, a fallback plan has been drafted to temporarily overlay portions of the road prior to the game in the event the project isn’t completed on time, Daniel said.
Stanford Avenue is one of 37 projects in the parish’s $1.2 billion Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control program and is being paid for by a half-cent sales tax and sewer user fees.
The work is being done to comply with a consent decree the city-parish signed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
About 100 projects are included in the sewer plan, which has a Jan. 1, 2015, deadline.
Ellis said the city-parish is on track to meet that deadline. He said 95 percent of the program is either active or completed.
In addition to the 37 projects under construction, 41 are in the design phase.
So far, 16 projects that cost about $93.4 million have been completed, Ellis said.