Enterprise Boulevard project delayed after LC city council rejects bid

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Some much needed road and drainage work for Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles is on hold right now after the council rejected bids for an upcoming project.

The bids were thousands of dollars over budget. $850,000 was allocated for the first phase of the project, but the lowest bid the city received was $1.1. million.

Mike Huber/Director of Planning "Enterprise Boulevard, (it's a) beautiful area," said Mike Huber, Lake Charles director of planning. "(There are) oak trees everywhere, but the roads are kind of in bad shape."

A project was proposed to fix the rough ride and constant drainage issues many experience on Enterprise Boulevard.

"The first phase of it is to repair the drainage problems that are underneath the street so we're prepared when the road is overlaid," said Huber.

The total cost of the project— $2 million. The city allocated around $850,000 for the first phase, but there seemed to be a problem.

The bids for the first phase were way over budget. The cause?

"Hurricane Harvey shut down a lot of the facilities in the Houston area that produced the materials that's used to make the plastic pipe that we'll be installing," said Huber.

Huber suggested the council reject the bids and wait, but it brought up a concern from councilwoman Luvertha August.

"I'm just concerned because if the piping is expensive now with time going on it may even go higher," she said.

The plan was to rebid the first phase, and if the bids are still high then Huber says they will ask the council for more money.

Huber knows how important this project is for the city, and hopes they can get things started so that it can prepare them for what's to come in the future.

"It's that important, especially with the construction of the 210 bridge project coming up," he said. "They've already identified that should there be problems we may need to have more traffic flowing across town, so we need to get that project done and in place so that traffic can flow."

Huber says they plan to rebid on the project in two months.

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