Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West Finishes Construction on Algiers Bike Path Project
Marrero, La. – (Mar. 8) – Today, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W) announced the completion of construction for the shared-use trail project in cooperation with the City of New Orleans, a project spearheaded by District C Councilwoman, Kristin Gisleson Palmer.
“This shared-use trail project represents a partnership between the City of New Orleans and the Flood Authority,” said Nick Cali, SLFPA-W Regional Director. “This is just one example of how SLFPA-W works together with city and parish leaders to improve the quality of life for residents of the West Bank of Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.”
Members of SLFPA-W and Councilwoman Palmer were joined by Rep. Gary Carter and Daniel Jatres with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation to celebrate the expansion of the trail and highlight the importance of transportation and recreational resources for Algiers residents.
“The expansion of the levee bike path was a campaign promise I made to Algiers residents. With the support of SLFPA-W and Mayor Cantrell, I’m thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. “This is a significant milestone in my commitment to prioritize equitable access to outdoor improvements in every neighborhood in our city.
The trail, which continues the existing trail, begins near Odeon Avenue and stretches 3.45 miles downstream to the Chalmette Ferry. The new asphalt trail follows along the crown of the levee and will be primarily used for transportation and recreational activities such as walking, running and bike riding along the Mississippi River. Additionally, the trail serves as an all-weather access road for SLFPA-W operators to use during maintenance and storm events.
“This segment of the Mississippi River Trail provides an essential link in the transportation network of Algiers and our region,” said Ramsey Green, New Orleans Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure. “With completion of this project, the trail now provides a continuous route to Gretna and both ferry terminals for connections to the CBD and St. Bernard Parish.”
“This is a great day for us because it’s a demonstration of our ability to work together with city agencies in New Orleans to provide a recreational service for our residents,” said Scott Burke, SLFPA-W President of the Board of Commissioners.
The project was conducted by Barriere Construction. The first phase of the project included lane striping the 10-foot wide trail and the installation of signs at crossings. There are currently plans for a second phase for the project where benches, lighting and additional access ramps will be added along the trail.
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About the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West (SLFPA-W)
The mission of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – West is to protect the citizens and businesses of the West Bank of the greater New Orleans area in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes from hurricanes and riverine flooding by inspecting, operating and maintaining the integrity of our levees, floodwalls and floodgates. It is composed of two levee districts: the West Jefferson Levee District in Jefferson Parish and the Algiers Levee District in Orleans Parish. The Authority has jurisdiction over 80 miles of levees in the most populated areas of the West Bank of Jefferson Parish and in all of Orleans Parish on the West Bank, including 47 miles of levees that are part of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) and 33 miles of Mississippi River levees. Since 2006, all of the Authority’s levees and floodwalls have been improved for the protection of residents in south Louisiana. For more information, visit www.slfpaw.org.