The Parish Road project, originally estimated to be complete by the end of May, has been extended to late October due to inclement weather and unforeseen route conditions, Sulphur city officials said. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:46 PM
The Parish Road project, originally estimated to be completed by the end of May, has been extended again, Sulphur city officials said.
The projected completion date was first extended from May to the end of August after inclement weather and underground utility work slowed progress.
John Bruce, Sulphur public works director, said officials and contractors re-evaluated the progress made and weather and site conditions to arrive at a projected completion date closer to the end of October.
“Recently they have had very good weather, allowing them to make up time,” he said. “We are optimistic that the project can be accelerated and completed by the end of October, but we can’t promise that.”
Bruce said McManus Construction, the company hired by the city to execute the project, is allotted 150 working days to complete construction. Working days don’t include weekends, holidays or days work can’t be done due to weather conditions.
On average, he said it takes about 10 months to complete a 150-working-day construction contract. Construction was authorized to begin mid-June 2012. Bruce said McManus has paved Parish Road from Ruth to Crocker Street.
“We anticipated getting pavement up to Crocker Street by Aug. 15, so we are a little ahead of schedule on that,” he said. “(McManus) anticipates bringing in two paving crews to accelerate the work to be able to complete the entire project on time.”
Bruce said crews have recently begun construction on the west end of Parish Road between Picard and Eunice streets.
The cost for the Parish Road project, which is about 3,500 feet of concrete pavement from Ruth to Eva Street, is about $3.2 million — $2.8 million for the roadway project and $340,000 for utility relocation.
The project is being funded by a $2.2 million federal grant and a $260,000 parish grant.