Pres. Matassa touts parish road improvements

Halen Doughty
Ascension Parish has been making road projects a priority since last year when they got to work on the approach to the Edenborne Extension.

Parish President Kenny Matassa touts progress in road projects throughout the parish. He said the Department of Public Works is progressing rapidly on its road improvement program.

This is in addition to the Move Ascension Initiative,” said Matassa. “This program takes care of the small, local roads that have been neglected for years.”

Early in his administration, Matassa authorized the purchase of several pieces of equipment to speed the process along, including an asphalt-paving machine, an asphalt roller, and a tack (asphalt adhesive) applicator. The total cost of the equipment was less than $200,000. Matassa said it is paving dividends by saving the parish money and time.

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

To date, DPW has paved and overlaid four roads in West Ascension: Gautreau Road, Broussard Road, Jenkins Lane, and Woods Lane. In East Ascension, ten roads have been improved: Robert Denham Road, Bang Ficklin Road, Kay Drive, Sweet Magnolia Drive, Mary Lane, John Sheets Road, Vonda Road, South Penny Lane, Chene Blanc, and Clarence Guidry Road.

At the Wednesday meeting, the Ascension Parish Council approved increased funding for asphalt and asphalt filler needed for projects throughout the parish. Matassa is optimistic this $700,000 in additional funding for the Pavement Management Department will mean that even more roads can be repaired this year.

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