St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced that St. Tammany Parish will see forward movement on several significant projects as 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Funding requests were approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor at the close of the 2020 First Extraordinary Legislative Session.
“I want to thank our legislative delegation for advocating for St. Tammany Parish and securing this funding,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “These funds will serve the people of St. Tammany through multiple uses, and we look forward to moving these initiatives forward.”
Capital Outlay funding requires a minimum 25 % local funding match. Among the projects funded in the 2020-2021 year are: the South Slidell Levee Protection Project, the Training and Education Center on the Safe Haven Campus, and Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier.
The South Slidell Levee Protection Project will see $750,000 in Capital Outlay Funding. This multi-segment levee project is part of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. It was developed by St. Tammany Parish Government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a levee plan concept to protect south Slidell east of Norfolk Southern railroad on both sides of I-10 by blocking a tidal surge produced in a 100-year storm event. The project includes five existing levees — four of which will require raising to match proposed elevations for the entire system, three already completed segments, and the proposed construction of 16 additional segments. The anticipated use of the 2020-2021 funding will include pre-design work as well as environmental permitting and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clearance for levee work for segments 6, which would stretch between the already completed ring levees around Lakeshore Estates and the Kingspoint subdivision, and segments 7,12, and 13 which would stretch from the existing Kingspoint ring levee to U.S. 190. Learn more about the South Slidell Levee Protection Project here.
The Safe Haven initiative will see multiple campus improvements move forward through $850,000 in funding. A portion of this total — approximately $500,000 —will fund the construction of the 4,000 square-foot Training and Education Center. This facility will be the first new construction on the campus since 1970 — formerly Southeast Hospital — and will provide resources for a variety of programs centered on behavioral health. It will provide a space to train various community members on how to identify and respond to these community needs. This project has been designed and is expected to go out for bid in the fall of 2020. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2021. Additional projects slated for the campus include rehabilitation and renovation of existing buildings for expansion of behavioral health services.
$390,000 in funding was approved for Phase II of the St. Tammany Fishing Pier Offshore project. This estimated total cost of project is $1.3 million, a portion of which will be funded through a grant from the Wallop Breaux Public Access and Boating Facility through Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries in the amount of $992,0458.50. This project includes developing the old twin spans section of the Pier, currently closed to public use; shelter structures, cleaning stations and fishing platforms, as well as the installation of guardrails, a catwalk, and exterior lighting. This 120-day project is expected to go out for bid in the fall of this year.
Read ACT 2 of the 2020 First Extraordinary Legislative Session, here.