Adults wishing to vote in the March 24 primary election must register with the parish Registrar of Voters Office by Wednesday, Feb. 21.

If registering to vote in person, you will need identification with a parish address. Office hours are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Covington office is at 601 N. Jefferson Ave. and the Slidell Office is at 520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 4C. In addition, all mail registration applications must be received or post marked Feb. 21. 

People wishing to register through Geaux Vote online registration must do so by March 3. 

Tammany Trace work continues

The second location of a four-part project to repair and reconstruct sections of the Tammany Trace is ongoing in the Mandeville area from Molitor to Rapatel streets. Like the previous section of work on the trace, the area is undergoing mill and overlay and, in some areas, complete reconstruction. It includes 826 linear feet of path. 

Approximately 3,562 linear feet of the path will be repaired when all four areas of the project are completed. Each location will take about 30 days, barring any weather delays.

Segments of the trace under construction will be closed to users. Parish government will release maps in advance of construction for each area, as dates are subject to change. The budgeted cost for this project is $236,058, and Leon Lowe and Sons Inc. is the contractor.

Bayou Chinchuba project complete 

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister announced recently that the Bayou Chinchuba water quality pond project in the Mandeville area is completed.

Areas downstream of the pond should see increased oxygen levels in Bayou Chinchuba and increased storm water drainage capacity. Expected long-term benefits of the process include the disintegration of waste products before they enter Bayou Chinchuba, resulting in higher oxygenation, which can result in a healthier ecosystem for native plants and animals to thrive.

This project, which cost $486,573, was funded partially by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant and was designed in-house by St. Tammany Parish engineers. 

Locals appointed to state boards

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Feb. 2 his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. They included:

  • Suzanne S. Lentz, of Covington, who was appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. Lentz is the owner and operator of TASS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. She will serve as a representative of business on the council.
  • Christopher K. “Kim” Carver, of Mandeville, was reappointed to the Tobacco Settlement Financing Corp. Carver is the senior vice president of government relations and human resources at Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co. He will serve as a representative of the 1st Congressional District.

Road closure in Slidell

There will be a complete closure of La. 433/Bayou Liberty Road at the railroad crossing just west of U.S. 11 in Slidell from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Norfolk Southern Railway will perform railroad crossing maintenance work during that time, weather permitting.

Motorists may detour via U.S. 11 to U.S. 190 to La. 433. There will be no emergency vehicle access as the entire crossing will be closed.

Rolling road blocks on Interstate 12

There will be intermittent rolling road blocks on Interstate 12 in both directions beginning from Feb. 14-23 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each weekday night.

These rolling road blocks will occur between interstates 59 and 55. Emergency vehicles will have access.

Riverwood subdivision drainage work 

St. Tammany Parish government is seeking bids on Phase I of a $3.2 million drainage improvement project in Riverwood Subdivision in the Covington area. In addition to the existing drainage infrastructure, Phase I includes the installation of storm drain culverts on Magnolia Lane. In Phase 2, storm drain culverts will be installed on Laurelwood Drive.

The project also will indirectly benefit the adjacent Country Club Estates subdivision, as the drainage that will be installed will convey runoff from this neighborhood as well.

The project is funded in part through the Statewide Flood Control Program administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. DOTD will fund roughly $1.49 million, while St. Tammany Parish will fund the remaining $1.7 million. This program aims to bring about flood damage reduction through long-term solutions for areas that experience structural damages or agricultural losses. 

Phase I is out for bid. Bids will be accepted through 2 p.m. March 8. Work is expected to begin in early summer 2018, following the bid selection and award process. The work is expected to be complete by early 2019, barring weather delays.