Boyle Bayou is not a waterway/drainage artery discussed very often by parish officials, though residents familiar with its course are well aware of its deficiencies. The bayou’s westernmost point is south of Cabela’s Parkway in Gonzales from whence it flows east, under I-10 then Hwy 44/Burnside before linking with Bayou Conway to the south. Fully silted in at some points, the need to address Boyle Bayou was identified in 2010 and, it appears, corrective action is about to be undertaken.
Pontchartrain Levee District (PLD) has submitted the Boyle Bayou Restoration Areas Project (no details provided) for Round 1 of Louisiana’s Watershed Initiative Funding. The initiative is funded by a $1.2 billion federal appropriation, part of FAA’s annual appropriation a few years back, in response to the Flood of August 2016. On Monday East Ascension Drainage Commission adopted a Resolution of Support for the PLD’s submission, along with the City of Gonzales which stands to reap a lion’s share of the benefit.
A conduit in the pure gravity flow drainage system south of Hwy 30, the silting in of Boyle Bayou has adversely affected frustrated residents south of east of Hwy 44/Burnside.
“This is a huge project for my district. It’s something that will prevent a lot of flooding in the future,” said Councilman/Commissioner Joel Robert.