The Lockport boat launch is scheduled to undergo some significant major renovations soon.
The Parish Council voted Tuesday to award a $138,000 construction contract to LA Contracting Enterprise for the project.
Council Chairman Noonie Autin, who represents that area, said the project includes parking, and bulkhead and lighting improvements to the heavily used boat launch. The original wooden boards have been rotting for years and in need of serious attention, he said.
“I look forward to those Lockport boat launch improvements. They’re long overdue 10-15 years while other boat launches were getting improvements,” Autin said. “The community is very anxious to see those improvements by arguably the most utilized boat launch in the parish.”
On an average weekend, there are over 50 cars parked in the lot, he said.
The project is expected to take about 60 days.
The council also voted Tuesday to add the repaving of Oak D Street in Larose to the current road project in Road Sales Tax District 2 in south Lafourche. That project is on schedule to finish in late February.
No action was taken, however, on an effort to move money from Thibodaux-area projects into the Heroes Park fund.
The parish administration was asking the council to move $407,100 into the Heroes Park fund from three separate projects, two of which are budgeted for the city of Thibodaux but have gone unpaid for two years.
The amendments died, however, due to a lack of a second. Interim Councilman Craig Jaccuzzo had sponsored the amendments, despite pushback from other council members.
Heather Klingman with Duplantis Design Group, who is designing the park’s expansion, said the parish hasn’t taken much action on the park lately after presenting four site plans to the public.
The project is still in the conceptual stage as the parish works to find grants or other revenue streams to build the expanded park. There has been recent discussion about building a community center on the new property. That would fit into the available space where a pavilion was originally planned, Klingman said.
A lighting project at the existing park, however, is expected to begin this week.
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