DONALDSONVILLE – The Ascension Parish Council has agreed to use parish funds to build a connector road to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after promised state funding for the one-mile road was lost due to stalled right-of-way acquisition.
The council selected the low bid of $2.49 million by Barber Brothers with a vote of 9-1 recently to build what will be the first new road in the parish in decades. The road will connect St. Landry Road and Edenborne Parkway and provide another access to the expo center complex off La. 30.
A ribbon cutting for the road was held over a year ago after then-Parish President Tommy Martinez received word of a state capital outlay appropriation to construct what would have been a four-lane road. The parish had previously approved $1.2 million to get the project ready but when the acquisition of right of way stalled the project’s funding halted.
Councilman Daniel Satterlee was the lone vote against awarding the bid insinuating it was the parish’s fault for losing the appropriation because they didn’t acquire the right of way in a timely fashion. Voting in favor were Council members Bill Dawson, Oliver Joseph, Randy Clouatre, Dempsey Lambert, Todd Lambert, Benny Johnson, Teri Casso, Aaron Lawler and John Cagnolatti. Councilman Travis Turner was absent.
An Oct. 4 completion date is set for the road which if finished would be in time for a music festival planned for the multi-use complex.