Revitalization plan calls for road, drainage upgrades
It’s been four years in the making, but the Paul Maillard Road Corridor Revitalization Plan will come up for the final approval needed to start work.
The St. Charles Parish Council will vote on awarding a $9.2 million contract to Evans-Graves Engineers to begin the long-anticipated project at its July 31 meeting.
The multi-phase project calls for designing and construction of the transportation redevelopment phase and drainage portion of the infrastructure and public spaces redevelopment phase of the corridor revitalization plan.
If awarded, Evans-Graves Engineers would get a the first phase of the project that includes redesigning the road or LA 52, based on the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) “complete streets” approach. It requires all open ditch drainage be covered to closed drainage to make way for roadway transportation upgrades, landscaping and the construction of a multi-use pathway and/or pedestrian sidewalk.
The area was “re-imagined “with a new look including shopping centers, sidewalks and bike paths in 2013.
At the time, the project was considered in its beginning stages with the parish having received a $442,422 grant matched with $184,595 local dollars to develop a plan to steer the future of the 2.6-mile roadway connecting River Road to Highway 90.
Once a thriving commercial hub, the area had declined in the last 30 years. The parish initiated “Paul Maillard Stories” to promote the project and share memories of that time. The parish’s plans are based on DOTD feasibility studies to redevelop Paul Maillard Road.