The city of Denham Springs is moving forward with improvements to several roads, many of which are expected to be finished by 2015, Mayor Jimmy Durbin said.

The city has teamed up with the Department of Transportation and Development’s Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program to construct sidewalks along Hatchell Lane near Denham Springs Junior High School. The program is designed to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.

The city plans to place sidewalks along about a mile of Hatchell Lane to make it safer for students to walk and bicycle to school, Durbin said. City engineers are designing the project and will maintain the sidewalks once they’re in place.

Durbin wouldn’t estimate the cost of the project since it’s still in the design phase. The application for the project must be completed by the end of October, Durbin said.

Durbin said he believes improvements to a small section of 4-H Club Road — from Florida Boulevard to Rushing Road — will ease traffic congestion in the area.

“This is a horrible bottleneck and the drainage is terrible,” Durbin said.

DOTD plans to pay for the improvements and the city will complete the engineering report. Once area utilities are relocated, the city will begin accepting bids for the project.

“This will be a big relief for congestion in that area,” Durbin said. “We’re excited.”

Repairs to an area of Lakeland Boulevard will be repaired because of an agreement between All-Star Automotive and the city of Denham Springs.

Durbin said the project, which includes the resurfacing of a small section of Lakeland Boulevard that is asphalt, will be finished by the end of October.

“That will make the residents of Lakeland Acres very happy,” Durbin said.

The asphalt portion of the road was riddled with potholes from trucks moving in and out of the area, Durbin said. All-Star agreed to pay for the $25,000 repairs and the city paid for the engineering fees, Durbin said.

The city is waiting to hear from the state on the priority of two roads — Julia Street and Maple Street — scheduled to be resurfaced and widened. The city submitted a request for the road work to the Metropolitan Planning Organization two years ago and is waiting for approval from DOTD.

Durbin said both roads should be completed in 2015.

For information on other infrastructure improvements, visit http://www.denham springs.us/mayor.html.