ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has announced plans to tackle traffic, sewer, drainage issues, and more during his first year in office. One project includes a big boost for sports and recreation.
In Darrow's Astroland subdivision, homeowners have long lived with the threat of flooding. Matassa said the work underway will put those fears to rest in five to six weeks.
"We are going to ring levee it and do some drainage work, pump it over the levee when it gets to a certain level, and keep the water from going in the houses," Matassa said.
Relief is also on the way for the highways. Matassa said two projects planned near the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center should ease traffic congestion along Hwy 30 near I-10. One project involves extending South Landry Road through Edenbourne where it will eventually connect with Hwy 44. The other project comes next year in the form of an extra lane from Ashland Road to I-10.
"When we had the sportsman show at Lamar-Dixon, there was a major traffic problem. In the evenings, you have the plants letting in and out," Matassa said.
Not far from there, crews are already getting the grounds ready at the Expo Center for a multi-sport complex. Matassa said when it is finished later this year, teams from across the parish can face off in one place rather than traveling the parish for different games.
"What's good about having a field here is you can have an eight-year-old playing at the other fields rather than playing across town in Prairieville and in the City of Gonzales," Matassa said.
Matassa said he believes the improvements will keep Ascension growing in the right direction.
Other projects on the list this year include a parish-wide sewer system, an upgrade and connection of wastewater facilities in Darrow and Hillaryville, the construction of a wastewater discharge line into the Mississippi River, a levee at Laurel Ridge, and the creation of a traffic master plan to prioritize traffic improvements.