St. Charles Parish began construction on a $400K West Bank Trailhead March 3, when a project groundbreaking was held.
The West Bank Trailhead will enhance the experience of residents, walkers, bikers and visitors at the already positioned Mississippi River overlook between River Road and Fre-re Street in Luling. The project will include area pavement, a ramp for handicap accessibility, bathrooms, a gazebo, bench seating, bike racks and additional parking.
Funding for the project is coming from the parish’s general fund, which has been transferred to the recreational fund. The total project cost is set at $406,228.00.
“Five years ago we did community meetings to try see what the public wanted and this was one of the top things on the list,” Councilwoman for District II Mary Clulee said. “There are so many people who come to this location and they have to cross four lanes of traffic to get to a restroom to the other side of the River Road.”
Parish officials said the targeted date of completion for the project is July, but that is dependent on the pace that construction can continue with weather and river levels.