Levee & jogging path work underway in St. Charles Parish

Luling, La.  - Construction work is underway in St. Charles Parish for exercise paths on both the east and west banks of the parish.  Walkers, joggers and bicyclers will be able to take their workouts further with the addition of three new phases now under construction in Luling, Norco and New Sarpy.

In Ama, Barriere Construction has begun construction preparations on the 3.29-mile-long Phase III, set to connect to the existing path in Jefferson Parish and extend to the Davis Diversion East Guide Levee. Set for completion in September, the project will offer residents an additional recreational asset. The St. Charles Parish Council approved a $797,771 construction contract for the path at the end of February.

The project will eliminate the need for frequent users to drive out of their neighborhoods to reach a path.

"I love to walk my dog on the levee," Ama resident Margaret Johnson Beltz said. "I can't wait to be able to walk across River Road and go straight to a paved path."

In New Sarpy, Three C's Properties Inc. is currently constructing Phase IV of the East Bank Multi-Use Path, which will run from Harding Street to Apple Street in Norco. The company was also the low bidder on Phase V, set to run from Apple Street to the Bonnet Carre Spillway East Guide Levee. The Parish Council approved construction contracts worth $1.2 million for the combined 3.33-mile phases.

When Phases IV and V are complete, the entire East Bank of St. Charles Parish will feature levee paths, excluding the area in Montz from the Spillway West Guide Levee to the St. John Parish line. Phase VI (Montz) in October was selected by DOTD for inclusion in the Transportation Enhancement Program for funding. The Parish Council will consider the funding agreement for this phase at its next regular meeting on June 18.

The remaining two phases on the West Bank stretch from Elm Street in Hahnville to Hwy. 3142 and Hwy. 3142 to the St. John Parish line. The parish intends to apply for funding for these two phases when the application cycle reopens in 2013.