The long-delayed interchange at Tarbutton Road and Interstate 20 should see construction starting by late summer, City of Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) at last night’s meeting of the city’s Board of Aldermen. Construction will last up to three years, Walker said.
The council approved a resolution to employ Beast Engineering of Benton to oversee inspection of the project.
Also approved was a resolution added to the agenda that authorized supplemental funding for the project.
During discussion of that resolution, Walker said that the bids had come in over budget, and that the city would make up some of the overage. Bids
Said Walker, “We had $14 million on state funds, $4 million on federal funds. The bid came in $7 million and change above that. The state called and said if we can split this, we can come up with some money. Fortunately, we had already put a little over $4 million in the budget from the TID funds that we just bonded out – the $34 million – so we had funds available.”
Another project that received the go-ahead was replacement of the Colvin Creek bridge on East Kentucky Avenue.
That project is set to begin with the next month or so, with the actual bridge construction during the summer. Kentucky Avenue will be closed for about 5 weeks, but should be open for traffic before schools start in August.
Cost of the project is about $1.35 million.