Greenway Park Subdivision
Comprehensive Master Plan
Greenway Park Subdivision
Rapides Parish is in the final phase of the Greenway Park Subdivision Acquisition Project. This is a $6 Million mitigation project to purchase homes in a repetitively flooded area known to locals as “Sunken Village” So far, the parish has purchased 43 homes and demolished 30 of those homes. There have been many obstacles along the way: title issues, foreclosures, successions, maintenance of property, vandalism of vacant homes, and dumping trash in the neighborhood. Once the project is complete the Parish will then face the task of continued maintenance of the property as green space.
The Police Jury also just awarded the bid for a $1.8 million project to improve drainage on Masonic Drive North of the South Traffic Circle. The project involves installing new culverts on Masonic Drive that will tie into existing drainage infrastructure in the area to move the water more efficiently into the Chatlin drainage canal. The project is expected to relieve high water that often collects around nearby Prescott Road, that currently has no way to get relief.
The Police Jury also approved the creation of Gravity Drainage District #2 in hopes of addressing drainage needs in the area of the parish west of Alexandria. The district is bordered by the Red River to the north, La Hwy 121 to the west, Bayou Bouef to the south and the City of Alexandria to the east, excluding Boyce and England Airpark.
Rapides Parish Comprehensive Resiliency Plan
The Rapides Parish Police Jury received a grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program to develop the first parish-wide Comprehensive Resiliency Plan since 1972.
The plan provides an overview of the planning process, the parish community, current conditions, future needs, and an action plan to enhance the resiliency of Rapides Parish.
Masonic Drive Drainage Improvement Project
The Masonic Drive Drainage Improvement Project is a $2 Million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Project to improve drainage on Masonic Drive North of the South Traffic Circle. The project was identified through the Parish’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The project was engineered by Ballard CLC. The project involves installing new culverts on Masonic Drive that will tie into existing drainage infrastructure in the area to move the water more efficiently into the Chatlin drainage canal. The project is expected to relieve high water that often collects around nearby Prescott Road, that currently has no way to get relief. The project is funded through a post Gustav Hazard Mitigation Grant in which 75% of the project cost is funded by FEMA and 25% local match which is being funded by Gravity Drainage District #1. The project is now in the construction phase and the Police Jury recently awarded the construction bid to Regional Construction, LLC. The construction is expected to be completed by July, 2018.