Parkerson Redevelopment project discussed at session

By Howell Dennis


CROWLEY – Elected officials, civic leaders, and curious citizens gathered at the Criminal Justice Center Thursday evening to learn more about the Historic Parkerson Avenue Redevelopment project. The $5 million project is scheduled to begin June 2, 2008 and is tentatively scheduled to be completed by next fall. Major renovations will be done to the sidewalks, street, and medians of Parkerson Ave. near the court circle.

Crowley Mayor Greg Jones and Bill Oliver of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development briefly addressed those in attendance before giving way to Ted Moulard of Merrick Construction. Merrick Construction has been contracted to do the project.

Moulard patiently answered a variety of questions on several points ranging from how the traffic flow on Parkerson Ave. would be affected to if the construction would hinder visitors at this year’s Rice Festival.

One thing Moulard assured the group was that he would be available to answer questions or to hear from the public during the time the project is underway.

“I would like to have a meeting once a week for citizens to express any thoughts, complaints, or ideas,” said Moulard.

Moulard assured those in attendance that traffic on Parkerson Ave. would not be stopped during the construction though it will be down to one lane for some time. He also stated that he didn’t think that the crowds at the Rice Festival would be inconvenienced. He stated that as the festival date approached, he would look at where the job stood at that point and work to make any adjustments necessary to ensure that any problems at the festival would be minimal.

The group seemed to be very excited at the prospect of getting the project underway. Audience members expressed gratitude to Moulard for his openness in discussing the project with Crowley’s citizens.

Several audience members pointed out that this project was “a long time coming”.

“We are very much looking forward to it,” said Crowley Alderwoman Kitty Valdeterro.

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