Public input sought to finalize pedestrian-bike plan

Workshop scheduled Feb. 6

Emphasizing the need to improve safety and connect communities in St. Charles Parish, residents will have their opportunity to help finalize the parish’s pedestrian and bicycle master plan in a series of meetings in January and February.

The proposed plan will outline areas proposed for safe pedestrian and bicycle access to highways in the parish.

Gavin Gillen, engineer with All South Consulting Engineers, said the project’s emphasis is on safety.

The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) hired the Metairie engineering firm in November to make the parish’s first Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, which Gillen said they intend to have done by January of next year. RPC also said the grant funding makes St. Charles Parish the first rural parish to receive this money for the project.

The parish and the Regional Planning Commission are holding three workshops to review the pedestrian and bicycle master network.

“We have been working on perfecting this plan for about a year now with this being the second round of public information sessions,” said Darrin Duhe, the parish’s executive director of Procurement and Government Buildings. “We hope to wrap this up and have a final version of the plan early this year.”

The public workshops will be held:

  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Feb. 6, Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling.

The workshops will feature a short overview about the work done along with a presentation of the proposed pedestrian and bicycle network.

The community will be asked to review the network, suggest edits and leave comments. Additionally, the residents will be asked to select their top priority routes.

In June of 2017, the parish held the first round of public workshops that were used to compile the currently proposed network.


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