Wednesday, August 09, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – In an effort to continue enhancing the quality of life in St. John the Baptist Parish, Parish President Natalie Robottom, Council Members Larry Snyder and Julia Remondet, staff and community members recently celebrated the completion of the Garyville Trail Phase II and Mississippi River Trail Phase III.
Officials gathered near the Historic Timbermill Museum in Garyville last week, where Phase I of the project ends and Phase II extends to Highway 54 at the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Designed by Meyers Engineers and with tremendous assistance from lead David Dupre, the trail includes a pedestrian route from Airline Highway to River Road with shoulder bike lane striping, an asphalt path and a concrete sidewalk. Constructed by Barriere, the concrete sidewalk stretches from River Road to Stebbins Street, near St. John’s Child Development Center. Funding for the $427,097 project was provided through the Louisiana Recreational Trails Program at an 80/20 match with St. John paying 85,419.
Later that morning, officials cut the ribbon on the St John Mississippi River Eastbank Multi Use Path Phase III project which included the construction of a 2 mile asphalt path along the Mississippi River Levee to West 10th Street. This project is a continuation of the Phase II path which stopped at East 29th street. The path was constructed along the side of the levee instead of the crown so as to not interfere with the Bonfires on the levee.
Phase IV of the project, which is currently under design, will extend the path from the end of the phase III at West 10th Street, to the St. James Parish line. This will complete the path along the Mississippi River in St. John from the St. Charles Parish line to the St. James Parish line.Through the efforts of the St. John the Baptist Parish administration, St. John secured funding for the project through the Louisiana DOTD Transportation Alternatives Program. The construction cost was $1,419,612 with DOTD funding $1,255,735.
Za Maurin, President of the Garden District track club and bicycle advocate, expressed his excitement for the projects, “bike paths are much needed in the community and I want to thank the Parish Administration and Council for having the vision years ago to make this a reality.”
Parish President Robottom added, “These projects have been in the works for a long time, and we look forward to continuing the phases with the hard work and collaboration of our local and state partners. “We are pleased that we are one step closer to have a trail that runs through the entire parish which promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyle for residents.”