WEST MONROE, La.- - (11/7/2017) Residents in West Monroe will notice some big improvements in roads, water, and sewer services. In his "State of the City" address on Tuesday, West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris announced how the city would allocate the money raised from a $25 million bond sale held in 2015.
Mayor Norris spoke to a packed crowd at the West Monroe Convention Center. He said in 2015, the city sold $25 million in bonds for capital improvements. Now, paired with state and federal grants, the city will invest $43,257,000 in transportation, sanitary sewer collection, water, and drainage/flood protection.
The large majority of funds will go to roads. $21,637,000 will go to street overlays. This includes re-paving, sidewalks, repairs to utilities under roads, and repairs to road foundations in preparation for resurfacing. Mayor Norris says his investment does not included the $33,000,000 being spent by the State of Louisiana to widen Arkansas Road.
Part of the road improvements included traffic lights at busy intersections. Mayor Norris highlighted a few including McMillan Road and Blanchard Street near the Ouachita Valley Branch Library, and Downing Pines at Mane Street.
Mayor Norris also said the intersection of Colemen Avenue and S. Riverfront Street will be improved. He said many residents have asked for a fix because sight lines at the intersection near Trapp's Restaurant can be difficult.
Other infrastructure improvements include:
- $8,450,000 in sanitary sewer collection & treatment.
- $6,180,000 in water improvements
- $6,990,000 in drainage and flood protection projects
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