February 9, 2015
1953 Campaign to Raise Highway 15
The following article appeared in the September 6, 1953 edition of the Monroe Morning World:
Campaign Begun To Raise Hwy. 15
JONESVILLE, Sept. 5 (Special)
A campaign to raise highway 15 southeast of Sicily Island is being started by the Sicily Island Rotary Club with assistance of the Catahoula parish school board and police jury.
Official bodies and civic groups throughout northeast Louisiana will be invited to participate in the campaign because of the importance of the highway as the most direct route to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Highway 15, as presently constructed, is frequently made impassable by backwater, necessitating miles of detours. It is the route of buses operating between Little Rock, Ark., and New Orleans.
Wednesday morning, at the suggestion of William Peck, police juror and president of the Sicily Island Rotary Club, the police jury passed a resolution asking the state department of highways to raise the level of the road. The jury also voted to write other police juries in the northeastern section of the state, seeking their help in the campaign.
Aubrey Brooks, superintendent of schools and a member of the Sicily Island Rotary Club, said he anticipates similar action by the parish school board and that he will write to other school boards in the area urging that they help.
Approximately 3.5 miles of road between Sicily Island and Foules has been flooded numerous times in the past several years. Brooks said completion of drainage projects north of the area has aggravated the condition.