Bikeways & Trails
Adoption of Plan
St. Bernard Parish adopted its latest Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan on June 20, 2017.
Parish Plan Highlights
- Identifies a 152-mile network of Regional Bikeways that link together communities within St. Bernard and St. Bernard Parish to its neighboring parishes.
- The Regional Network includes the 14-mile Mississippi River Trail, the 26-mile 40 Arpent Trail, and 15 miles of other regional bikeways that will link people to the major regional trails.
- The Local Network includes 97 miles of on-street bikeways that will help bicyclists reach local destinations such as employment sites, shopping areas, schools, transit routes, and parks.
- Planned bikeways include signed bicycle routes, marked shared lanes, bicycle lanes, neighborhood greenways, shoulder routes, and multi-use trails. All are designed to make it safer for people to travel by bicycle.
- The new plan incorporates the Parish’s 2016 Complete Streets Policy which identifies 47-miles of sidewalks to be installed or improved and 56 specific pedestrian crossing improvement projects.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRAIL CONSTRUCTION DELAY
Construction continues to be delayed on the Mississippi River Trail in Meraux and Violet due to the high river stage and a prohibition on construction activities around the levee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. St. Bernard Parish broke ground and started construction on the trail in June, 2018 but construction was halted a few months later due the high river level.
We expect water levels to drop low enough during the summer months that construction can resume.
This segment of the trail, known as Phase I & II, extends from the east side of Valero Refinery in Meraux to the Violet Canal in Violet. Construction will include an 8 ft. wide asphalt path on top of the Mississippi River levee and trail access improvements.
This $1.3 million project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration which is administered in Louisiana by the state Department of Transportation and Development. Planning assistance was provided by the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.
Construction will be performed by Barber Construction based on the trail design by Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc. Additional engineering services for the project will be provided by Digital Engineering.
If you have questions or need further information contact Deborah Fagan