Gretna says lane closure on Stumpf could end in six weeks as bid for street repair nears

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:04:07 AM. Gretna officials could award a bid early this week to repair a portion of Stumpf Boulevard that is creating traffic snarls for motorists.
Gretna officials could award a bid early this week to repair a portion of Stumpf Boulevard that is creating traffic snarls for motorists. The City Council voted last week to accept bids on the project, which will fix a portion of the boulevard that is collapsing where the northbound lanes meet the West Bank Expressway. The problem began months ago and the city had to close one lane, which creates traffic back-ups on the busy road during peak traffic times. Michael Baudoin, Gretna’s director of public utilities, said the city originally planned a more ambitious fix of the problem, which involved covering over the drainage ditch at the site. That required approval from the state Department of Environmental Quality, which rejected the proposal last month because closing in the ditch wouldn’t allow it to overflow during peak rains. Baudoin said Gretna decided to go with a simpler fix and could select from bids expected to be in by Monday. Since the project is expected to cost less than $150,000, the contractor can be selected by the administration. The work will take about six weeks to complete. Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant thanked the public for its patience while the city worked with the state, saying the work will be completed as quickly as possible....Read more
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