Ascension Parish Road Overlay Program Underway

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
A parish dump truck pours hot asphalt into the asphalt paver, which lays it evenly on the road bed, and is followed by the roller to smooth everything out.

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced today that the parish’s road overlay program is well underway. The Department of Public Work’s Pavement Management Division has begun patching and repairing streets throughout the parish. The goal of the overlay program is to work on smaller parish roads in rural areas and subdivision roads taken in by the parish. 

Early in his administration, President Matassa authorized the purchase of an asphalt paving machine, an asphalt roller, and a tack (asphalt adhesive) applicator. 

“Roads are a priority for me, and with our own equipment and our own crews, we can focus on road repairs systematically,” said Matassa.

The cost of all of the equipment combined was less than $200,000, and is paying dividends by saving the parish money and time.

Overlay crews began patching work in Pelican Point last month and are currently doing work in St. Amant and Galvez. DPW will focus on additional roads in the parish in the coming months. 

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