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Construction begins on new Algiers walking and bike path

Groundbreaking of Algiers walk & bike path (FOX 8) Groundbreaking of Algiers walk & bike path (FOX 8)

New Orleans, La. - The Algiers Development District, elected officials and community leaders broke ground in Algiers today on a new pedestrian and bike path along the Mississippi River levee.

The $10 million project will create nearly six miles of a paved pathway that extends from the Algiers ferry landing down to the Chalmette ferry.

Kathy Lynn Honaker, Algiers Development District Executive Director said, "this will offer residents of our community the opportunity to exercise on a much improved and safe asphalt paved path."

Local leaders say the path will offer practical benefits in addition to being a good spot for recreation.

New Orleans City Council member Kristin Gisleson Palmer said the path's proximity to the ferries means people will be able to easily travel to the east bank to access the V.A. Hospital, LSU Medical Center and the soon-to-be renovated Riverwalk Mall. "You'll be able to walk to buy clothing, and everybody in Algiers know how hard that is to walk to do that," she added.

The project will include lamp posts every 150 feet from the Algiers Point ferry terminal to the old Todd Shipyard, near Federal City. Park benches and ramps will also be added.

For now, only the asphalt will be built between Federal City and Chalmette ferry. The Army Corps of Engineers will eventually raise the river levee there, and they'll only have to replace the asphalt when its done.

Phase I of the walking and bike path is expected to be completed in July 2013.

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