Vernon Parish breaks ground for water project

By By Lauren Manary / American Press

The first shovels hit the dirt on Friday as part of the some $25 million in infrastructure improvement funds awarded to Vernon

Parish.

Parish and Leesville officials

celebrated the groundbreaking at the Veteran’s Cemetery on University Parkway in Leesville. The

parkway, also known as La. 467, is also the site of where the

current ground water revamping will begin. The project is

just one of more than 20 projects in the parish that will be

funded by 2013 capital outlay funding.

“These funds will provide the kickstart

we need to spur economic development here,” said Vernon Parish Police

Jury President

James Tuck. “Lack of adequate infrastructure has been the primary

obstacle in attracting many economic development opportunities

in the past.”

The highway will also be the site of a facelift to Leesville’s sewer system, on the opposite side of the street.