The city has selected a contractor to oversee the construction of the Lafitte Greenway, 2.6-mile multi-use trail, bike path, and linear park connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City, the Friends of Lafitte Corridor announced Tuesday.
The City received five bids from general contractors ranging in amounts from $5.5M to $7.9M, a release said. Durr Heavy Construction, LLC, was selected for the project, according to tweets by the Friends of Lafitte Corridor.
Durr has completed projects like the Guste redevelopment, for which it won the ABC National Excellence in Construction Award, the Algiers bike path, and the Iberville projects demolition.
Funded by Disaster Community Development Block Grants and Louisiana Recreational Trails grants, the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway project was designed with extensive input from neighborhood and civic groups.
Construction is expected to begin soon and last approximately 11 months. You can see the city’s “purchase order” with Durr here.
Read the entire release below, courtesy of Mid City Messenger:
Friends of Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) is reaching out to the residents and businesses along the Corridor about the meeting to encourage community members to get clarification on any questions they may have about the construction. “While the City’s bid documents are specific about certain aspects of construction, such as the time for completion and the amenities to be included in this initial build, there are also important aspects which are left to the contractor’s discretion, such as where on the Greenway construction will begin,” said FOLC Chair Samuel Spencer. “For this reason, this single public meeting is an important event, particularly to those residents and businesses along the Lafitte Greenway and greater Lafitte Corridor. FOLC will compile questions and also live tweet the meeting, so if you cannot attend, you can still submit questions to email@example.com and follow the meeting at twitter.com/folcnola.”
The funding available for the construction of the Greenway comes from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and will allow for the construction of a 12-ft-wide asphalt bike path from Basin Street to N. Alexander Street through currently-vacant city-owned land, once the site of a canal and railway. The construction will also include lighting, new trees and native plants, softball/baseball backstops, soccer goals, a walking path, bike racks, and rain gardens. The City currently anticipates the construction to take one year.
Friends of Lafitte Corridor is a member-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 2006, devoted to revitalizing Lafitte Corridor by working to build, program, and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space.