images via Lafitte Greenway Master Plan
There's no official start date (yet!) but construction on the long-awaited Lafitte Greenway should kick off in the next couple weeks, creating a 2.6-mile bike and walking path from the edge of the French Quarter through Mid-City. The city-owned land was once canals and railways, and the greenway will start near Basin and St. Louis Streets in Tremé, travel up Lafitte Street, and end at North Alexander in Mid-City. Plans for the $9.1 million project also call for green space (of course), ball-playing fields, an upgrade to the drainage situation, lighting, and the planting of over 500 trees. According to The Advocate, Durr Heavy Construction is on board and construction should take about 11 months. Curious about the current state of the space? Friends of Lafitte Corridor put together a pretty impressive photographic survey of the future greenway, so do take a tour.
· City poised to transform old rail corridor into park [Advocate]
· Friends of Lafitte Corridor [official site]
· Lafitte Greenway Master Plan [Lafitte Corridor Connection]