Alligator Bayou Road in Ascension Parish is once again open to traffic. The road, which becomes Manchac Road in Iberville Parish, had been closed since the 2016 flood.
Ascension Parish public information officer Martin McConnell said the bluff swamp area started filling with water during the 2016 flood. At that time, he said the parish cut a notch into the road to allow the water to drain out into Bayou Manchac.
The cut has since been repaired and the road is repaved. The Ascension Parish side opened back up in June. Iberville Parish also made adjustments to the road and opened its section this week.
Along with this project, the Bluff Road overpass in the area was also under construction this summer as part of the I-10 widening project. DOTD opened that overpass Tuesday.
The two closures at the same time left people in that area of Ascension Parish with one way in and one way out.
When we covered the story in June, we talked with Ken and Lynda Munson who live right by the intersection of Bluff Road and Alligator Bayou Road. They said the simultaneous projects caused an inconvenience. Today, the couple grabbed their bikes to enjoy a ride along the newly reopened Alligator Bayou Road.
Another couple, the St. Dizier’s, also hopped on their bikes to enjoy the reopening.
“We noticed the barricades are missing. We used to stop that way where the barricade says do not come past and now we can come past again,” Amy St. Dizier said.
McConnell said this is a densely populated part of the parish with a lot of traffic. He thanked parish residents for being patient during this time of construction.
“I’m so happy now that everything is open for them, so we can move cars back again through Ascension Parish,” McConnell said.
The Alligator Bayou Road project cost Ascension Parish $61,000 worth of materials and $7,000 for labor and equipment costs. In total, the parish spent $68,000 on the project.