PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) – There is now a tentative timetable for the completion of the La. Hwy. 1 road resurfacing project.

Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves, Jr. and the Plaquemine Board of Selectmen were recently given the latest information about the project.

According to Aaron Elisar, DOTD Area Engineer, “the project should wrap up in about a month, weather permitting.”

There was an addition made to the project.

A $1.4 million change order was added to the project because of the massive amount of pavement failures, Mr. Elisar said.

So what was wrong with the pavement?

According to the City of Plaquemine, “The existing roadway was approximately 6 inches of concrete on top of mud, and 4 inches of asphalt laid on top of that over the years.”

So, how exactly was this issue fixed during the project?

Elisar said, “the entire southbound highway was removed and patched with 16 inches of asphalt where it could be achieved.”

“There were several locations where it was difficult to get to that depth due to existing utilities beneath the pavement. We want to thank the City of Plaquemine Utilities Department for working with the state to address utility line issues,” said Mr. Elisar.

State Rep. Chad Brown mentioned at a meeting earlier this week that $3 million has been set aside to perform work on “the service roads along La. Hwy. 1 in north Plaquemine,” according to the City of Plaquemine.

The work on the service roads is expected to start soon and will be done by the same contractor who is working on the La. Hwy. 1 road resurfacing project.