Work begins this week on Lapalco Boulevard widening project in Harvey

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Work begins this week on a $7.4 million federally financed project to resurface, widen and add subsurface drainage to

Work begins this week on a $7.4 million federally financed project to resurface, widen and add subsurface drainage to Lapalco Boulevard between Victory and Westwood drives in Westwego and Marrero.

This stretch is the third phase in the Lapalco Boulevard Improvement Project, which will ultimately widen the road from four lanes to six from Destrehan Avenue to Bayou Segnette.

The lifespan of the project promises to be quite long, however.

The first phase, from Barataria Boulevard to Westwood, cost $13 million and was completed in 2002. The second phase, costing $10.5 million, covered from Destrehan Avenue to Barataria and was completed in 2003.

According to the Jefferson Parish Department of Public Works, the next phase will likely go westward from Victory Drive to Tanglewood Drive in Westwego.

The final phase would include a new bridge over Bayou Segnette to handle traffic in one direction while the existing bridge would carry traffic in the other direction. The bridge alone would cost about $45 million, making it a far more complex and long-term project to fund, DPW said.

The third phase, which began with a ceremony with parish officials Thursday, will add an inside lane in each direction on Lapalco and will take about five months to complete.

This phase was designed by Hartman Engineering Inc., and the work will be performed by Barriere Construction at an estimated cost of $7,431,124. 

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Article Work begins this week on Lapalco Boulevard widening project in Harvey compiled by www.theadvocate.com

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