St. Tammany Parish government has opened a 1,700-foot-long extension of Francis Road off Louisiana 1085 in the Covington area.
The parish announced the opening of the extension, an $892,473 project, in a news release Thursday afternoon (Jan. 11).
The approximately one-third-of-a-mile extension connects Francis Road from where it previously stopped just north of Louisiana 1085 (behind the YMCA) to Rousseau Road, which flanks the northwestern side of the Terra Bella subdivision, the release said. The project also included an adjacent 10-foot wide path for recreational use.
Opposite Francis Road on the south side of Louisiana 1085 is Ochsner Boulevard.
The extension is part of an ongoing initiative to improve traffic flow and road connectivity, the parish government said.
“Retrofitting connectivity and increasing traffic flow efficiency to meet the needs of our growing community is something we methodically address every day, and this project is one of many that provides relief to an ever-growing part of our parish,” Parish President Pat Brister said. “Assessing the way traffic moves is an ongoing process, and we are committed to finding ways to enhance this movement.”
Byron E. Talbot Contractor, Inc. completed the project in about five months, the parish government said.