What About the Rough Edge Service Road?

Several of our readers have asked about the North Service Road extension project from Tractor Supply eastward to Rough Edge Road – about 1.6 miles of roadway. The questions have arisen because there has been no construction activity for the past few months.

The project was approved at the January 9, 2017 meeting of the Ruston Board of Aldermen, and was awarded to Womack & Sons Construction Group of Harrisonburg, LA, at a price of $7.2 million.

The project was scheduled for completion within 920 calendar days, or about 30.5 months.

Assuming the contract was signed by the middle of January, 2017, that would put the completion date somewhere around the end of July, 2019, less than a year away.

Reportedly, Womack’s equipment and personnel that were working on the service road project have been diverted to the new sports complex project on South Farmerville Street. Womack was awarded that project at the September 11, 2017 council meeting.

That project has a completion date of 425 working days.

15 Responses to “What About the Rough Edge Service Road?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Could this be some kind of breach of contract and have an affect on other entities that bid on the RER Project? Obviously, the Sports Complex has priority?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Hey, you gotta keep up with Sterlington and Lafayette, for crying out loud.

      • Anonymous Says:

        No brainer. Walker values sports complex above all else. Years from now much will be left undone as his legacy. But that sports complex will ( or maybe won’t ) shine on that less than shining side of Ruston.

  2. A Says:

    Are they now going to build a new service road for Delta Community College on the other side of I-20?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    1. The City allowed Womack & Sons to pull off the Rough Edge Road Project to work on the Sports Complex. Is this a violation of the bid law.

    2. Womack & Sons moved their offices into the church building on 167 south which was purchased by the city to house the P&R offices. Has the city received any rent payments from Womack or is it simply a perk of the contract between Womack & Sons and Mayor Walker – I mean city of Ruston.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Wonder if Womack & Sons will win bid on next big project?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Will win the bid on the next big project?

  6. K Says:

    Has Womack & Sons hired Jedd Lewis’s company Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix, and Hixon on any projects anywhere?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    All good questions which deserve answers, especially regarding any violations of the bid law.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Notice that anyone that questions the money trail is no longer working for the city

      • Anonymous Says:

        That definitely seems to be what’s happening. And those left half-ass doing the work do as they are commanded by mayor – his way….irregardless of the Laurason Act, La Law or bid laws.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    So, will Rough Edge Road wind up being a ghost project? Will it ever be finished? Deal struck with contractor to pull out and go work on the Sports Complex. No money for both. Other contractors who bid on the RE job are no doubt chapped.

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