CARLYSS — Belle Cove Road, located off La. 27 in Carlyss, is now open.
The $1.5 million construction project was funded by Tellurian and designed and built in collaboration with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to provide residents an alternative route to enter and exit their neighborhood off La 27. The parish will incorporate the road and assume maintenance and upkeep.
The half-mile road used 2,500 tons of asphalt and provides access to about 100 homes.
The contractor had to remove 8,000 cubic yards of unusable soil at the project's start and install 176 feet of pipe under the roadway at each end. A portion of the road was constructed out of reinforced concrete because it crosses two pipelines.
District 12 Police Juror Judd Bares thanked the residents of Driftwood community and surrounding areas for their input during community meetings with Tellurian.
"Your input was heard, and we're standing on it," he said.
"Today marks the end of the beginning for some of the things we're doing here," said Erik Montague, Tellurian VP of LNG Projects. "We're really excited to follow through on our commitment to invest in this road here." Montague said one of the concerns most frequently expressed by area residents in community meetings was safe access to neighborhoods. He thanked the CPPJ and their engineering team — contractor McManus Construction and Hunt, Guillot and Associates, who served as the project engineer — for their cooperation.
"But the biggest thanks goes to the Driftwood community for letting us become part of this community," Montague said.
Construction began on Belle Cove Road in October of 2018. Pending federal approval, Tellurian plans to begin construction on Driftwood LNG sometime this year.