City road work progressing

Published 4:07 am Friday, December 1, 2017

Bogalusa Director of Public Works James Hall said Wednesday that the work to overlay sections of Marshall Richardson Road from Avenue F to Columbia Street is progressing, and the joint city and parish project will be done by the end of this week.

“We have an intergovernmental agreement,” he said. “They have some equipment that we don’t have, like a milling machine. So they are providing the labor on Marshall Richardson and we’re providing the material. We’ve got $6,000 worth of asphalt.”

Hall said it would cost the city $260,000 to overlay the whole road.

“This way $6,000 to $8,000 will get me another five to 10 years,” he said.

Hall said he did not know what the next public works project would be.

“I don’t know what else we’re going to do,” he said. “But there was a debris pile by Highland Baptist Church, and the parish had a work order to pick it up. Instead of bringing all their trucks to this side of the parish, we picked it up.”

Hall said the agreement is mutually beneficial.

“We can go outside the city now,” he said. “For certain things you can, and for certain things you can’t.”

When he went to the site later that day, Hall found the work already done.

“I just want to thank (parish president) Richard Thomas and the parish crew for the excellent work,” he said.