Council-approved budget amendment pays for street repairs

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 3, 2018

A bit more than $33,000 worth of work is nearly complete to fix issues with the concrete that makes up Rue St. Germaine in Picayune.

The Council approved a motion to fund the project during a special call meeting held Feb. 23.

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Public Works Director Eric Morris said the work was needed to repair sections of the road that sunk and cracked due to erosion.

While some of the worst sections of the road were dug up and were replaced with fresh asphalt by Friday morning, other less severe sections were shored up using an injectable foam. Earlier this week, crews could be seen drilling holes in the concrete before using special equipment to inject the expanding foam into voids under the road.

Where the concrete had to be removed, limestone was temporarily placed to make the street passable again, Morris said.  Once the concrete has dried and all sections of the road shored up, a sealant will be used next week to ensure the erosion does not occur again, Morris said. Weather permitting, the sealant is expected to be applied early Tuesday morning.