Calcasieu PJ moves forward on projects

By By John Guidroz / American Press

Infrastructure additions, a new soccer complex and improved drainage are some of the ongoing projects in the Moss Bluff area,

District 1 Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Shannon Spell said Monday.

Spell said work on the new turn lanes

on Park Road leading to Don Manuel Boulevard is about halfway done. He

said the state-funded

project will ease traffic congestion on Park Road because many

people use it to access the Ward 1 Recreation Complex on Don

Manuel Boulevard.

The 42-acre soccer complex at the end

of Jones Road should be “open and ready for use by next year,” Spell

said. The complex

will include seven collegiate-size soccer fields, a walking track,

playgrounds and other features. One of the reasons it is

being built is because the Moss Bluff Youth Soccer League

membership has grown to about 400 children.

River Bluff

Spell said designs are nearly finished

for the first phase of River Bluff Park, located near the old U.S. 171

boat launch.

The improvements — which are being designed by D.W. Jessen and

Associates — will include renovations to the boat launch and

a paved parking lot, he said.

Last November, the Police Jury set aside $2.8 million in the 2012 budget for improvements to the boat launch. Spell said the

parish is still working to obtain permits from the Army Corps of Engineers because there are wetlands on the property, and

that construction could begin early next year.

Drainage

Spell said engineering design work recently began on the second phase of a major drainage improvement project in Ward 1 and

should take about two months to complete.

The work calls for widening the cross

section of the Belfield Ditch from North Perkins Ferry Road to Belfield

Road so it can

hold more water. Crews finished the first phase of improvements in

July, which included a new bridge on North Perkins Ferry

Road.

Spell said the engineering and construction costs are being funded by hazard mitigation grant money from the Federal Emergency

Management Agency.

Other projects

Spell said crews will begin paving another section of the parking lot at the Ward 1 Senior Center later this year. The facility

is located off U.S. 171. He said the work is the last of a two-phase project to improve parking at the center.

Teachers and parents are pleased that the school zones on La. 378 have speed limit signs with flashing lights, Spell said.

The lights were placed at school zones for Moss Bluff Elementary and Sam Houston High schools.

The Calcasieu School Board is responsible for any maintenance and repairs to the signs.

Spell said crews recently finished putting a logo on the Moss Bluff water tower that reads, “Welcome to Bronco Country.” The

Sam Houston High School Bronco logo was placed underneath the quote.

“It shows we have school spirit here in Moss Bluff,” he said.