NEW ORLEANS—The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works today announced the beginning of phase II construction on the St. Anthony Walking Path in Gentilly. Construction began earlier this week and will last approximately two months.
"We continue to make unprecedented strides in improving our roadways, and in building walking paths for citizen usage throughout the City," said Mayor C. Ray Nagin. "We're excited about starting the second phase of this project and continue to identify and prioritize neighborhood revitalization projects during our recovery."
The path on St. Anthony Street will extend from I-610 to Agriculture Street and will be an extension of the existing St. Anthony Walking Path, which runs from Gentilly Boulevard to I-610. Funded by State of Louisiana Capital Outlay Funds, the estimated $96,000 extension project will include the construction of an eight-foot wide concrete walking path along the neutral ground of St. Anthony Street. In addition, connecting ramps will be upgraded to comply to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
"This is the vision of the Gentilly residents coming to fruition," said Council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (District D). The St. Anthony Walking Path will provide a nice boost to the quality of life in Gentilly. As we recover from the storm, it's important to include these projects that revitalize neighborhoods and make the city more livable for our residents."
"The Department of Public Works is excited to continue this important walking path for the residents of Gentilly," said Robert Mendoza, Director of Public Works. "This Department encourages healthy behavior among our residents and continues to find opportunities to incorporate bike and pedestrian facilities in all of our roadway projects."
Hard Rock Construction from Metairie was awarded the construction contract through the City's public bid process. The work will begin by clearing out the path location and preparing the forms to pour the concrete walking path at a four-inch thickness. Vehicle traffic along St. Anthony Street should not be impacted as the work will be confined to the median. In addition, several locations will have concrete pads to locate park benches in the future.
Health benefits associated with walking include burning calories, lowering the resting heart rate, reducing stress and blood pressure and increasing muscle tone. A regular walking program can also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Since Hurricane Katrina, Public Works has constructed, and advocated for, several non-vehicle related projects including the St. Roch Walking Path, the Wisner Bike Path, the Joe Brown Memorial Park Walking Path and the dedicated bike lane on St. Claude Avenue.
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