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DOTD: Road or Lane Status - I-12: US 190 TO LA 59

Road or Lane Status
ST. TAMMANY PARISH- I-12: US 190 TO LA 59

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:42 PM

ST. TAMMANY PARISH - I-12: US 190 TO LA 59
S.P. H.011152


From Monday, July 20, 2020 through Friday, July 24, 2020, there will be alternating left and right lane closures on US 190 (both East and West) at the I-12 Overpass. These closures will be from the hours of 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, weather permitting. This is to allow the contractor to perform bridge demo operations.

One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

There will be no vehicle restrictions and emergency vehicles will have access on US 190. Motorists may encounter a slight delay during this time.

There will also be a FULL RAMP CLOSURE for I-12 Eastbound as follows:

• On Thursday, July 23, 2020 and Friday, July 24, 2020, there will be a FULL RAMP CLOSURE of the I-12 Eastbound off-ramp to US 190 West (Exit 63B). This closure will be from the hours of 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM, weather permitting. This is to allow the contractor to mobilize equipment.

Detour Section
Motorists traveling I-12 EB wishing to exit US 190 West (Exit 63B) may take Exit 63A towards US 190 East and transition to US 190 West at Fairway Dr/Judge Tanner Blvd.

Safety Reminder
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Project Contact
Lacey McCaskill, P.E.
Area Engineer East
St. Tammany and Washington Parish
985-871-8519
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
www.dotd.la.gov

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Plans for Mask Mandate

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper Announces Plans for Mask Mandate

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced today that based upon recommendations from St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston, as well as additional advisement from local physicians and healthcare professionals, he was preparing an Executive Order regarding masks for release Monday, July 13, 2020. As such, he will move forward with such an order on the heels of Governor John Bel Edwards announcement of additional restrictions to his Phase 2 Executive Order.

“My priority remains on focusing on the health and welfare of our citizenry while maintaining the viability of our economy. I have been urging residents to exercise personal responsibility and wear masks since early April, and I agree with the assertions of medical experts that face coverings may slow the spread of the coronavirus,” Cooper said. “With the help and cooperation of the eight mayors in St. Tammany Parish, we continue to drive home this message with the release of our public service announcement asking citizens to ‘Slow the Pace —Cover you Face.’ We will continue to do so as we know the simple act of covering your face may help protect others from our germs.”

Cooper will move forward with the planned Executive Order next week, and continues to ask all residents to do everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 including physically distancing, avoiding large crowds, washing hands frequently, and covering your face when in public around others.

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St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

St. Tammany Parish Government Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, announced today that the St. Tammany Parish Department of Finance has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, for the 16th consecutive year.

“This recognition is reflective of the financial professionals who serve our community here in St. Tammany Parish Government,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish President. “I want to thank them for their excellent work to provide our citizens with comprehensive financial information regarding our use of tax dollars.”

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the government and its management. The comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR, is evaluated every year by an impartial panel based on the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the Parish’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Leslie Long, Chief Financial Officer, Annie Perkins, Assistant Director of Finance, and Laura Reine Lyons, Senior Accounting Manager, are the recipients named on the award.

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Larry & Sandy Barrios Saluted by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful

Larry & Sandy Barrios Saluted by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful

Keep St. Tammany Beautiful (KSTB) recognizes Larry and Sandy Barrios for the litter-free and beautifully landscaped property at their home on North Military Rd. (Hwy. 1090) in the Slidell area.  This honor is a project of KSTB to highlight outstanding property in the Military Road area.  The Barrios own Larry's Dry Cleaning by Louis in Slidell and Picayune, Ms., a family owned and operated business since 1929. The Barrios are active members of the community and still find the time to keep their property maintained and admired by all who drive pass it on Military Rd.

PICTURE: (Left to Right): Rick Moore, KSTB Director; Carroll Knowles, KSTB Board Member; Sandy Barrios; Larry Barrios; Sharon Snowdy, KSTB Board Member; Floyd Trasher, Constable; Mike Smith, District 9 Councilman.  Not pictured Cathy Henderson, KSTB Board member. 

 

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$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins Monday, July 6, 2020

A $2.2 million infrastructure enhancement project in the Slidell area begins July 6, 2020, barring any unforeseen delays. The project, part of a $30 million Bond Package announced in March of 2019, will include the replacement of two bridges on the I-10 Service Road in the Slidell area south of Lake Village Boulevard, drainage improvements, and the mill and overlay of the entire roadway. The roadway will be closed before each bridge from just south of Sign Lite to just north of Louisiana Log Homes to all motor vehicle traffic for the expected duration of the 224 – day project.

Motorists are asked to plan to use North Pearl Drive and Lake Village Boulevard as alternate routes until the project is complete in early 2021.  McDonald Construction of Slidell is the contractor for this project.

Longtime Educator and Public Servant Richard Tanner Dies

Longtime Educator and Public Servant Richard Tanner Dies

Richard Tanner, longtime public servant in St. Tammany Parish has died. Tanner started his career in Public Service in 1965 as an Agriculture teacher at Covington High School. From teaching he rose in the ranks of education to an administrative level, eventually serving as Interim Superintendent of St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.  His career with St. Tammany parish Public Schools spanned nearly 40 years. Tanner served on the original St. Tammany Parish Council formed in 1979, and served for four years. He returned to the St. Tammany Parish Council in January of 2012 where he served until his death. 

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper offered this reflection on Mr. Tanner’s lifelong commitment to service to the people of St. Tammany.

“Richard’s selfless service to the people of St. Tammany reached many pockets of our community. From the children he taught and mentored, to the athletes he coached in little league sports, to the citizens he represented on the St. Tammany Parish Council, he truly devoted his life to service.  Having known him my entire life, I witnessed his desire to make St. Tammany better and his tireless advocacy for citizens. He is already sorely missed. His legacy will continue far into the future.” Cooper went on to say, “Catherine and I, and the entire Cooper family, join with so many in offering our prayers and condolences to all who loved Richard, and to those whose lives he impacted immeasurably over the years.”

“On behalf of the entire Parish Council, I can say sincerely that Richard Tanner will be dearly missed. He truly loved St. Tammany, and was instrumental in shaping the way our community evolved over the years, while staying true to the distinct needs of St. Tammany, and the citizens in his district,” said Mike Lorino, St. Tammany Parish Council Chairman. “He served in many roles over his lifetime and because he did, he had a positive and lasting influence on many lives. Our condolences are with his family at this difficult time.”

In addition to his roles in education and as an elected official, Mr. Tanner also coached little league baseball, was active in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and served at one time, as President of the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association. 

Mr. Tanner died July 2, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 78 years old. Arrangements are pending.

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St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes Over 50 Pups Through Wings of Rescue Partnership

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter Rehomes Over 50 Pups Through Wings of Rescue Partnership

Earlier this week, 49 pups from the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services were rehomed along with pups from other Parishes around the region, through a Wings of Rescue transport flight. The pups were flown to the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, Delaware, where they will be adopted into forever homes. This is the second Wings of Rescue transport flight of 2020 with our Department of Animals Services, as Wings of Rescue transported five pups on a separate flight from the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter last month.

Wings of Rescue, a 501(c)3 charity founded in 2012, has flown 99 transport flights to transport animals from high-intake shelters. The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services takes in every animal brought in whether owner-surrendered, stray, or picked up by an Animal Control Officers on staff.  In 2019 alone, the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter took in over 4,000 animals. The June 2020 transports included pups from neighboring parishes as well.

“These partnerships with credible, compassionate rescue groups are among the many ways our dedicated Animal Services staff works every day to give these animals loving care, and a loving home,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “Their hard work and outreach efforts have seen nearly over 300 animals transported or pulled for adoption through these group partnerships in the first six months of 2020 alone.”

In the first six months of 2020, in addition to the 357 animals rehomed through rescue group partnerships, 368 animals have been adopted directly from the Animal Shelter.  All animals who leave the shelter for adoption have a complete checkup, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. The Department of Animal Services is open by appointment for anyone wishing to adopt and animal, or foster an animal to adoption. Call (985) 809-0183 to make an appointment, and visit, www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services to view animals available for adoption.

 

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Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Masks

Statement from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on Masks

“Medical experts agree that when you wear a mask, you protect others by preventing the spread of your own germs.  Employees of businesses and restaurants who serve the public are required to wear masks through the current proclamations issued through our State, and Parish Government. 

“In the last few days, several parish and municipal leaders in southeast Louisiana have issued mandatory mask orders for the general public in the ongoing effort to protect the public from the COVID-19 pandemic.  While I respect their decisions, I have chosen not to issue such an order here in St. Tammany at this time.  I am, however, going to continue to stress to every citizen, the importance of wearing a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I’m going to continue to ask that citizens, particularly those who have contact with large numbers of people wear masks. I am going to ask that patrons of our local businesses wear masks. 

“Unless the numbers warrant otherwise, I will continue to support the right of businesses to open with limited capacity, and I will support the free movement of our citizens within the guidelines of Phase 2.  I continue to ask each of us to recognize the vital importance of taking personal responsibility at this crucial time to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I want our businesses to remain open and eventually reopen fully. I want us to continue to move forward. I also want to keep St. Tammany healthy. To do all of these things, we need each and every citizen of St. Tammany to do their part. We need each and every citizen to make the commitment to be a part of the solution as we slow the spread of this virus.

“I continue to gather expert medical opinions and data to make decisions on what is best for St. Tammany.  I ask each and every citizen to continue to maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands frequently and please — wear a mask. I trust each and every citizen of St. Tammany will do their part to keep our community and our economy healthy.”

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$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins in Early July

$2.2 Million Bridge Replacement Project in the Slidell Area Begins in Early July

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, announced the upcoming start of a $2.2 million infrastructure enhancement project in the Slidell area beginning July 6, 2020, barring any unforeseen delays.

“This investment in our infrastructure will improve travel for motorists at all levels, improve drainage, and upgrade two bridges to the most current standards with increased life-span in mind,” said Cooper. “This money was allocated for multi-faceted projects like this with layers of sustainable upgrades incorporated for the long-term.”

The project, part of a $30 million Bond Package announced in March of 2019, will include the replacement of two bridges on the I-10 Service Road in the Slidell area south of Lake Village Boulevard, drainage improvements, and the mill and overlay of the entire roadway. The roadway will be closed before each bridge from just south of Sign Lite to just north of Louisiana Log Homes to all motor vehicle traffic for the expected duration of the 224 – day project.

Motorists are asked to plan to use North Pearl Drive and Lake Village Boulevard as alternate routes until the project is complete in early 2021.  McDonald Construction of Slidell is the contractor for this project.

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Statement From St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper on the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

We are aware of the stories circulating on Social Media about our St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter. Many residents have contacted us with their concerns as well. I have personally spoken with many people who have voiced their concerns. Since taking office, I have been gathering information regarding all Parish Government Departments. At Animal Services, I have been evaluating their processes and protocols, addressing staffing needs, and learning about where deficiencies may exist to identify areas that need improvement as we work to finalize our Strategic Plan. As a result, changes will be forthcoming soon for the benefit of the welfare of the animals at the shelter, the dedicated employees, and St. Tammany Parish as a whole. I have been committed to making changes and I recognize there are deficiencies that must be addressed.  These are the changes that are already in progress:

Shortly after taking office, I authorized an independent animal welfare group to visit and evaluate the Shelter and make recommendations. While this visit was originally scheduled for May, it was pushed back due to COVID-19. This visit will take place within the next few weeks.

We are actively seeking a new Director of Animal Services as part of our plan moving forward to address staffing. This appointed position is posted on our website to fill the current vacancy. I invite qualified candidates to apply.

I have been seeking input from local veterinarians, animal welfare groups, and invested parties into how we can improve operations at the Shelter and we are reviewing best practices from other public Animal Shelters to determine if there are protocols and processes we can adopt to implement in our own Shelter.

We have a working strategic plan which we are finalizing, and expect to continue to build upon as we grow and improve.

We are purposely assessing the situation in an in-depth and methodical way, so that we retain the processes that work, and improve in the areas that do not, to implement lasting change and so that we can make this shelter the model shelter we know it can become. It is my ultimate goal to work toward a day when animals will not suffer because of abuse and neglect, and that every pet born into our community is assured a good home and loving care its entire life. We will continue to work to ensure the legal protection of animals from mistreatment and to promote in our community responsible pet ownership through education, motivation, and enforcement. 

I would like to thank the dedicated employees at the Animal Shelter who are committed every day to the continued care of the animals in their charge. I would also like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as we move to bring new leadership and make improvements. 

 

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