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MONTZ MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEE BIKE PATH GETS GREEN LIGHT

Project to go to bid in August by State

Post Date:July 20, 2018 9:05 AM

Montz, LA – The Montz Mississippi River Levee Bike Path has been scheduled for construction by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to begin in Fall of 2018.

“The coordination between Regional Planning Commission (RPC), DOTD and St. Charles Parish Administration was critical in securing the funding to bring this project to fruition sooner rather than later,” said Parish President Larry Cochran. “RPC graciously came through with funding to keep the project on schedule as we were determined not to have this project delayed any longer. Residents of this community have waited long enough.”

Funding was initially procured for the project from the state’s Transportation Alternatives Program and was set to be advertised for bids in July of 2018. However, parish officials were informed in May that due to state funding constraints, the project advertisement for bids would be postponed until December of the same year. During the Spring, projects along the Mississippi River face the threat of high waters which lead to halted construction from the Army Corps of Engineers which may have added another six month delay to the path.

In response, parish officials worked with the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) who provided significant funding to DOTD to expedite the project.

“The Montz Mississippi River Levee Bike Path has been long overdue. The Montz residents have been waiting patiently for the completion of this bike path. In working with DOTD on this project for the last few years, I am glad to see it is finally a reality,” said Senator Gary Smith, Jr.

The Montz addition to the bike path will complete the bike path along the Mississippi River for the entire East Bank of the parish. It also marks the second major announcement in the area this month with the former being the federal government's announcement of funding for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project.

"Since coming into office, it has been made clear to me that the Mississippi River Levee Bike Path and the West Shore Levee Project are the top concerns for Montz residents and I have worked diligently with all stakeholders to make sure that these projects were known and carried through,” said District VI Councilwoman Traci Fletcher. “I am very thankful that these residents are finally seeing them come to fruition."

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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PICTURED: Asphalt being completed along the Ama levee bike path by crews in 2012.
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