Public input meetings slated for proposed Ascension Parish Road Program

Staff reports

Parish officials announced two public input meetings concerning the proposed Ascension Parish Road Program will be held starting this week.

 The road program would be funded by a half-cent sales tax that will go before parish voters on the November ballot, officials said.

 Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said the first meeting will be held today, May 16 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gymnasium from 4:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center is located at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales.

 The second public input meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at Oak Grove Primary from 4:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m., he said. Oak Grove Primary is located at 17550 Old Jefferson Highway in Prairieville.

 “We want the public to be as informed as possible about the Road Program we are proposing,” President Martinez said. “Transportation and sewer were the two issues parish residents were very concerned with when this administration and council began this term in January. The public’s input and concerns are very important for this program to be successful for Ascension Parish. ”

 Ascension Parish Chief Engineer Ben Laurie said parish engineers, along with state and local officials will be on hand to answer questions and receive input about the proposed program and transportation needs in the parish.

 He said officials with state Department of Transportation and Development will be holding a separate meeting at that location to present information on the La. 42 Widening Project. The La. 42 Widening Project is currently an ongoing state project, parish officials said.

 “These meetings are a great opportunity for everyone to help target specific areas in the parish transportation network that need improvements,” Laurie said.