Bikeways & Trails
THIS SECTION WILL BE USED TO HIGHLIGHT KEY IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRAIL GROUNDBREAKING - JUNE 27, 2018
St. Bernard Parish Government announced a groundbreaking for construction of the Mississippi River Trail on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00 A.M. behind Lake Borgne Basin Levee District Offices in Violet.
This phase of the trail extends from the east side of Valero Refinery in Meraux to the Violet Canal in Violet. Construction will include a 10 ft. wide asphalt path on top of the Mississippi River levee and a handicapped accessible ramp and trailhead near the Violet Canal terminus.
This $1.3 million project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration which is administered in Louisiana by the state Department of Transportation and Development. Planning assistance was provided by the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.
The project also includes a trailhead and access ramp that will be located on property donated to the project by the Meraux Foundation.
Construction will be performed by Barber Construction based on the trail design by Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc. Additional engineering services for the project will be provided by Digital Engineering.
Construction on this phase is expected to be completed by December, 2018.
ST. BERNARD PARISH GOVERNMENT RECEIVES FUNDING FOR 40 ARPENT TRAIL
When St. Bernard Parish Government adopted its new Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan Update last year, it adopted a bold vision for establishing a network of trails and bikeways to link together all communities in the Parish and link St. Bernard with its neighboring parishes. An important step in implementing this vision was taken on February 6, 2018 when the St. Bernard Parish Council voted to accept a $3,960,000 federal grant to build the 40 Arpent Trail.
The new grant will fund construction of a 10 foot wide asphalt multi-use path along the Forty Arpent Canal for approximately 8 miles from Arabi near Alexander Avenue to the Violet Canal. The multi-use path will be designed for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, skaters, and other non-motorized users. The project also includes two bicycle-pedestrian bridges across the canal at Val Riess Park and at De Bouchel Blvd.
This funding is being provided by a federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Surface Transportation Program. The Surface Transportation Program is designed to make improvements to all forms of surface transportation including bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
This grant program is administered locally by the Regional Planning Commission for Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes (RPC). President McInnis, who currently serves as 1st Vice Chairman of the RPC, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Walter Brooks, RPC Executive Director, and his staff, for helping the Parish to secure this funding. President Mcinnis also expressed his appreciation to the other St. Bernard members of the Regional Planning Commission board who worked with him in securing this funding including Susan Klees, Councilman Howard Luna, Councilman Gillis McCloskey, and former Parish President Charles Ponstein.
The Parish expects to execute a contract with a professional engineering firm to design the trail in the next few weeks. Design is expected to take approximately one to two years to complete.
If you have questions or need further information, please email Deborah Jan Fagan.