VIOLET, La. (AP) - The span of popular cycling and walking trails along the Mississippi River in the New Orleans metropolitan area is reaching into new territory: Down river into the marshes and plantation country of St. Bernard Parish.
It's a slice of Louisiana that suffered even worse damage than New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.
When completed, the parish will have a 6-mile levee-top trail extending from Meraux to St. Bernard State Park, located along the Mississippi River.
Construction is expected to start in the coming months.
The trail was on the planning board before Katrina hit 10 years ago, but the storm knocked it off the agenda.
The $2.5 million trail is being funded with money from the U.S. Department of Transportation.