Thursday, August 18, 2011
After years of planning and preparing, Parish President Natalie Robottom and her staff were joined by local and state officials for the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of the Mississippi River Multi-Use Trail. On hand for the celebration were Councilwoman Darnel Usry, State Representative Gary Smith, District 62 Administrator with the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Connie Standige and several of her staff, David Dupre with Meyer Engineers, Ltd., Mason Moore with Barriere Construction Co., LLC and several long time residents.
The Multi-Use Trail was designed for walking, touring, or biking on the crown of the Mississippi River Levee from the St. John/St. Charles Parish line extending up river to Willow Street, approximately 2.5 miles. “This project has been in the works for years, and it is underway because of the hard work and collaboration of local and state officials. This is only the beginning and we have high hopes that one day the trail will run through the entire parish promoting a healthier lifestyle for our residents,” stated President Robottom.
The project is funded through DOTD’s Transportation Enhancement Program, the Recreational Trails Program, the Regional Planning Commission and the parish. Barriere Construction Co., LLC was awarded the $411,016.20 contract by DOTD and St. John Parish is responsible for only 5% ($20,550.81) of the construction cost. “We appreciate being awarded this project and believe St. John will be pleased with the outcome of the trail,” explained Mason Moore, Barriere Construction Co., LLC.
This project is one of many joint projects between DOTD and St. John Parish. “We are happy to have applied this program to the trail in St. John Parish, and look forward to our continuous working relationship with President Robottom and her administration. We are working on a number of projects and hope to get those underway as well,” stated Connie Standige with DOTD. The trail is one of several recreation projects engineered by Meyer Engineers, Ltd. such as the REGALA Park gym. Phase I of the Multi-Use Trail is expected to be complete within three months and once completed, it will be used by residents of all ages. We anticipate bidding Phase II by the end of October and are working to get Phase III underway,” stated David Dupre with Meyer Engineers, Ltd.