More than $1 million in grants will help fund the construction of four additional miles of paved paths on top of the Mississippi River levees in St. Charles Parish.
On the East Bank, the path will extend from Apple Street in Norco to the Bonnet Carre Spillway’s east guide levee. The West Bank path will continue from the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Project to the St. Charles / Jefferson Parish line in Ama.
The South Central Planning and Development Commission assisted St. Charles Parish in applying for the grant, with state legislators Joel T. Chaisson II and Gary Smith helping to secure the funding.
The grants were awarded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
“With these two grants, the parish now has funding in place to complete the bike paths,” Grants Officer Holly Fonseca said. “We will continue to seek grant funding for the remaining sections, from Elm Street to Killona on the West Bank and from the Spillway through Montz on the East Bank, with the hopes that it can be completed in the near future.”
The paths can be utilized by both cyclists and pedestrians.
Work is currently underway on a paved path on the West Bank from Elm Street in Hahnville to Davis Drive in Luling. That project costs a little over $1.3 million and most of it should be completed this month.
Last week, the parish also opened bids to construct a 1-mile extension of the path from Davis Drive to the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion in Luling. The apparent low-bidder was Boh Brothers Construction Co. LLC, with a bid of $208,862.
This section is being funded in part with two Louisiana Recreational Trails grants totaling $141,749.
Additionally, low bidder Barriere Construction Co. LLC is set to construct a 1.34-mile path extension from Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan to East Harding Street in New Sarpy.
This section is being 95-percent funded by a Transportation Enhancement Program grant. The $267,577 project is subject to parish council approval. Grant funding has also been approved for construction from Harding Street to Apple Street in Norco.