Construction on Coach William Extension Project Underway
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, other project officials hold groundbreaking ceremony at site
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury celebrated the start of the Coach Williams Drive Extension Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the intersection of Reynaud Road and Wallace Road.
The two-year, $18.4 million project will extend Coach Williams Drive to Houston River Road. Construction will also include a new roundabout at the intersection of Coach Williams Drive and Old Spanish Trail, as well as improvements to Houston River Road.
“This is an exciting project that has been a long time coming and that I have been involved in every step of the way. We have hit a lot of roadblocks along the way that we could not avoid, but through hard work and collaboration, we have been able to persevere and finally break ground on a project that has great benefits for the citizens of this parish,” said Hal McMillin, District 14 Police Juror. “This is not just a project for general transportation needs, but it also has real positive impacts to the quality of life of our citizens, and is a great way to better connect the people that we serve in Calcasieu Parish.”
Sasol is funding half of the construction costs for the project.
“Sasol is proud to have worked with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the City of Westlake, LaDOTD, local contractors and service providers to make this critical infrastructure improvement project a reality. Sasol’s contribution to the Coach Williams Road extension project brings the company’s investment to a total of $40 million in off-site infrastructure improvement projects - $35 million of which (is) within the City of Westlake alone,” said Richard Brink, Sasol’s Vice President of Safety, Health and Environment.
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Pictured, left to right: Bryan Beam, Parish Administrator; Hiram DuRousseau, Contractor and owner of HD Truck & Tractor – Contractor; Les Farnum, Police Juror; Hal McMillin, Police Juror; Judd Bares, Police Jury President; Richard Brink, Sasol’s Vice President of Safety, Health and Environment; Butch Babineaux, C.H. Fenstermaker& Associates - Engineer; Tim Conner, Parish Engineer and Mike Danahay, Mayor of Sulphur.