BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Gonzales will be receiving $2.4 million from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to relocate water lines on Roddy Road ahead of road widening and roundabout construction.

Gonzales City Engineer Jackie Baumann, P.E., said the relocation will be taking place on Roddy Rich between Black Bayou Road and Airline Highway. Water lines will be relocated by the end of September.

“In addition to installing new lines within a newly acquired right-of-way, we are checking with water customers along that route to ensure their meters have been converted to the new smart meters for more reliable readings,” Baumann said.

Funding will specifically be coming from LDH’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF).

“We are very appreciative of the help we have received from officials within LDH and the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund program to secure the funding needed for this project,” City of Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux said. “This project will ensure that the road widening is not delayed, and that quality water service remains uninterrupted during construction.”

The loan was closed on May 24, 2022, according to DWRLF Program Manager Joel McKenzie. He said the loan is low interest with a maximum 20-year repayment period.

“Once a loan is approved, water systems can use the funds to make their improvements,” McKenzie said. “As water systems pay back the loans, the principal and interest are used to make more money available for other communities that have drinking water needs.”