Kenner will seek bids this fall to construct a pump station on the north side of the Vintage Drive Canal at Lake Trail Drive to help reduce street flooding in northeast Kenner.

The $970,000 project follows drainage improvements near the Lake Pontchartrain levee, which were completed about a year ago.

Lake Trail was one of the first roads built in northeast Kenner and is lower than the surrounding streets, making it a trouble spot for some time, officials said.

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni said the delay in addressing the problem was caused by the need to get the money from the state capital outlay program. The city is providing a 25 percent match from its own capital projects budget.

Once a low bidder is selected, construction could begin in January or February.

Yenni credited two members of Kenner’s legislative delegation, state Rep. Julie Stokes and Sen. Danny Martiny, with helping secure the state funding. He also thanked District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud.

Also on Thursday, the Kenner City Council deferred a vote on the controversial Gateway at Esplanade apartment project, which has drawn fire from residents of the nearby Cannes Brulee subdivision.

The subdivision’s civic association circulated a petition over the weekend seeking signatures opposing the project on the grounds that it is too large and would increase traffic.

The Kenner Planning Commission has recommended the council approve the developers’ plans at the site of the former Hollywood Theater.

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