The city of Zachary was presented the Louisiana Municipal Association Community Achievement Award at the annual LMA conference in August in Lafayette.

The award is presented to municipalities that had outstanding projects promoting progress in municipal services during the past calendar year, a news release said.

Zachary won for the La. 64 Bypass Road project, which connects La. 64 and La. 19.

The bypass opened to motorists Jan. 21, and both roadways comprising the bypass were named after longtime Zachary families: Montegudo Boulevard, the main artery off La. 19, and Bob Odom Drive, which intersects with La. 64.

“The city of Zachary is proud of this project and believes this is a major initiative toward improving traffic capacity and efficiency along Highway 64 at its intersection with Highway 19,” Mayor David Amrhein said.

Construction for the bypass project was completed in under a year and cost less than $5 million.

Officials utilized bond-issued city funding for design and construction of the project, with the payback revenue coming from a half-cent sales tax levied by East Baton Rouge Parish, said Amrhein.