CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has received state capital outlay funding for a sewerage project south of Lake Charles in Ward Three that will provide opportunities for future growth and development in that area of the parish.
Once completed, officials said the project will consist of a sewer main and pump stations that will serve the Lake Charles Regional Airport, the Burton Coliseum Complex, and future commercial development along this section of the Gulf Highway from Gauthier Road south.
Officials said it also sets the stage for future service to residential areas.
"The area surrounding the Lake Charles Regional Airport shows great potential for further development and growth, but lack of municipal sewerage service has been the main obstacle in reaching this goal," said Les Farnum, President of the Police Jury. "This is a huge step forward for Calcasieu Parish and we really appreciate the hard work of our local legislative delegation, including House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, for securing this funding. I would also like to commend the entire Police Jury along with our staff for having the vision and commitment to solving our parish wide sewer concerns."
The project, scheduled to begin in late 2013, is estimated to cost approximately $10 million.
A total of $4.9 million has been secured in capital outlay funding from the state. Officials said the remaining funds will be provided by the Police Jury from its gaming fund.