Nov 6, 2013 7:40 PM by Akeam Ashford
Carencro residents who live along the Beau Bassin Coulee will soon get much needed improvements.
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.1 million dollar contract to Phylway Construction to begin clean up of the coulee .
Construction will start from Carencro's City Hall up to St. Esprit Road, going east toward the Vermilion River.
In the first phase of the project, Phylway will build a retention pond near city hall to hold excess water until high water levels in the coulee can go down.
Construction will also include concrete slope paving, clearing, grubbing and installation of erosion protection measures.
Carencro Mayor Glenn Brasseaux says one of the biggest problems causing water to build-up is because there's trash and debris in the channel.
"It's hard to believe that it's finally going to happen," says Brasseaux of the project.
The full scope of the work will involve improvements to about 11,000 feet of Beau Bassin Coulee, costing nearly $5 million.
According to Brasseaux, the city will put up $1.1 million towards construction costs.
"It will come out of the general operating fund. Through resident's property taxes and sales taxes, and money that we bonded. We're going to be paying for it for a while, but it's just something that needed to happen," Brasseaux said.
A contract for phase two -- to address the trash and debris in the coulee -- is likely to be awarded in early 2014.