DOTD to help with some road improvements in Livingston Parish

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Roads have been a rough patch for leadership in Livingston Parish. Now, it appears the state will be footing the bill for some projects there.

The Department of Transportation and Development has several projects that will be up for bid this year in Livingston. One of those is repairing the bridge on Wax Road, in Denham Springs. The bridge, neighbors say, has been closed since the summer of 2013.

"It is very much an inconvenience because we use this Carter's Grocery, over on 16," said Ronnie Blanchard. "we have to go all the way around to get to it."

Others, who live on the Greystone side of the closure say they are traveling an extra eight miles to get where they need to go because of the closure. Some of those homeowners tell 9 News the parish-owned bridge was blocked last summer. They say they were told, by parish employees, that the bridge would be worked on by the end of the year.

"Oh everyone's concerned about it. The last I heard, they were going to let it stay shutdown for two years," Blanchard said.

A spokesperson for DOTD says the parish did come to the state for help. We're told until DOTD obtained proper plans and wetland permits from the parish, the bidding process could not begin. It is now to be bid out in May 2014, and the parish will be required to pay 20% of the costs.

Other projects on the bid list include making railroad safety improvements: installing signs and marking at more than a handful of railroad crossings, where there are no posted warnings for drivers.

For Blanchard, he's watching to see if anything happens with the bridge near his house that he says has been a concern since he moved in, in 2001.

"If you look at the timbers on the bridge, they're rotten. They keep shoring it up, every six months. It's a problem."

Some other projects with DOTD include:

La 1036: from W Jct La 442 to the St Helena Parish Line - Mill, Stabilize Base, Drainage & Overlay- $2,500,000 to $5,000,000 - Project will be bid out March 03, 2014

River Rd: Government St to Centerville St - Minor Widening and Overlay, Some Pavement Patching Required - Estimated Cost $250,000 to $500,000 - Project will be bid out March 03, 2014

La 16 @ La 22 - Install Roundabout - Estimated Cost $1,000,000 to $2,500,000 - Project will be bid out April 09, 2014

La 444: from Gum Swamp Road to La 22 - Cold Plane, Drainage, Base and Overlay - Estimated cost $2,500,000 to $5,000,000 - Project will be bid out April 09, 2014

La 16: from La 64 to La 1026 - Amite Church Rd. - Asphalt Surface Treatment - Estimated Cost Asphalt $100,000 to $250,000 - Project will be bid out May 14, 2014