Rough Edge Interchange Engineering to Begin

A Rough Edge Road/I-20 interchange moved a step closer to reality at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council, when approval was granted for Stantec Consulting to begin a traffic analysis for the project.

Rough Edge Road is about halfway between the Farmerville Road exit and the Choudrant exit on Interstate 20 east of town. The North Service Road extension that is now under construction past Tractor Supply will eventually link up with Rough Edge, and the interchange when it is built.

City Engineer John Freeman said the contract was for $347 thousand, and should be complete in 8 t0 10 months.

In other business, the city’s audit for the year ending 9/30/17 was presented, and it was unqualified (finances are accurately reported and presented), and with no findings.

City Clerk Laura Hartt said that the city’s unassigned fund balance was over $6 million, up from about $800 thousand the year before. She said the increase was the result of the first full year of collections from the 3/4 cent sales tax passed in 2016.

The audit was done by West Monroe CPA Cameron Hines & Co., in cooperation with Ruston CPA Doug Brewer.

It is notable that the audit covers the last year that retired City Clerk Emmett Gibbs was in charge of the city’s books. Gibbs retired last fall after 12 years at Ruston.

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