After sorting through five bids for the job, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) announced Tuesday that the city has selected Durr Heavy Construction, LLC the official contractor to build the Lafitte Greenway Tuesday.
The 2.4 mile linear park planned to stretch between Mid-City and Treme was scheduled to break ground last year (though before that, in 2010, FOLC had announced that groundbreaking would take place within a year).
The city will hold a public meeting March 19 at the Sojourner Truth Community Center (2200 Lafitte St.) with Durr, a construction company based in Harahan, to answer questions and concerns from residents and businesses who will be affected by the start of construction. It will also announce the construction schedule, including the date of the official groundbreaking. FOLC Chair Samuel Spencer said in a statement that most of the details of the greenway have been worked out with the city, but certain elements are left up to the contractor, making public input crucial to the project’s success.
The greenway, which is being funded through Community Development Block Grant funds, will feature a 12 ft.-wide asphalt bike path that stretches from Basin Street to N. Alexander Street. The greenway will be constructed on now-vacant, city-owned land and will have lighting, new indigenous trees and plants, softball and baseball backstops, soccer goals, a walking path and rain gardens.
A date for the groundbreaking has not been set, but the city has said that once started, the project will take one year to complete.