St. Landry

May 30, 2012 8:40 PM by Maddie Garrett

St. Landry Hitting More than "Bumps" in the Road for Repairs

St. Landry Parish is hitting more than a few "bumps" in the road when it comes to improving transportation.

"I wanted something done," said Cay Landry, an Arnaudville resident.

Landry said she doesn't like what she sees at the end of her road. It looks like a giant pothole covered up with a speed sign and tar. It also looks like an orange cone was there, but now only the base is left.

"My thought was somebody's coming who doesn't know the hole's there, they're going to turn onto the street, not know it's there and could do some serious damage to their car if not worse," said Landry.

It turns out that dangerous pothole is actually a four foot deep hole that's needed to repair an area surrounding pipes below the road.

"It's not a simple pothole. What it is, in this intersection there's a drainage system where two or three pipes come together and an old box that was built many years ago that was made out of wood has failed so we are ordering some material to get that repaired," explained St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot.

In the meantime, Fontenot made sure no one accidentally hits this hole by putting several barricades around it.

"We need to put something there more substantive with regards to notifying the public that there is a hole," he said at the intersection.

Fontenot said the issue goes much deeper than a single hole. He said there are thousands of hazards and potholes that riddle more than 800 miles of parish roads.

"These roads need to be improved, many of them need to be overlayed and basically there's more money needed than there is in the budget at this time," he said.

One of Fontenot's top priorities is finding the money to fill the gap and start a transportation improvement project in the parish.

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