Roddy Road reopens with special ceremony

Staff Reports

Smiling drivers gave thumbs up signals Thursday as they traveled the newly reopened section of Roddy Road between Airline Highway and Weber City Road.

This crucial segment of one of Ascension Parish’s busiest roads had been closed since Feb. 1 to make improvements to a 700-foot section where Roddy meets Airline Highway.

The $750,000 project replaced the existing two-lane road with one containing designated right- and left-turn lanes. Deep ditches on both sides of the road were covered over and replaced with subsurface drainage, and the elevation of Roddy Road was raised approximately three feet to provide a smoother transition over Airline to Purpera Road.

“I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project,” Parish President Tommy Martinez said Thursday. “I’m proud to see this day come, and it is indeed a long time coming.”

Martinez said he is hopeful that the parish will be able to push forward with its plans to continue improvements up the length of Roddy Road to LA 42. Roddy Road is the most highly traveled parish-owned road, used by approximately 6,000 to 7,000 cars per day.

Before the barricades were removed, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held attended by parish officials, representatives of the companies involved in the construction project and members of the Ashton Ford family.

Ford, 17, died tragically in a one-car accident in June 2008 on Roddy Road, prompting her family to push for safety improvements. Ford’s mother, Roberta Watts, cut the ribbon as other members of the Ford family released purple balloons.