The Regional Planning Commission, a metro-wide agency that fosters economic development and transportation issues, has a new plan to convert Metairie’s Severn Avenue from a heavily trafficked street into a pedestrian friendly thoroughfare with bike lanes, mini-parks, benches, and trees.
The RPC issued its report in January and the Jefferson Parish Council is set to vote on it today (Feb.19).
There is no cost estimate for the design work, but the RPC estimates total construction cost at $7.6 million.
The reports recommends converting one vehicle lane into a bicycle path in each direction between West Esplanade and 18th Street and for the creation of 10 “parklets” – miniature parks with benches, bushes, and trees. Sidewalks would be widened to 8 feet and new lighting would be added.
You can read the entire plan here.