BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The City of Plaquemine is getting a new trail.
The process for the new Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail started on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Stacey Gautreau, Director of Public Affairs for Dow US South and Mayor Ed Reeves, Jr. spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The City of Plaquemine describes the project this way:
- A 10-feet wide trail on the top of the Mississippi River levee is being constructed in three phases.
- Phase 1 and 2 will be completed by late fall and includes the trail head adjacent to the Lock Site and extending the trail to the North Plaquemine Park
- Phase 3 extends the trail from the Lock Site south to near the Plaquemine ferry, with a ramp to the Fort Area Park and the installation of solar lighting along the entire trail and other amenities.
- The walking and biking trail will be approximately 1.3 miles in length
- Handicapped accessible ramps will be constructed to the levee top at both the Lock Site and to the North Plaquemine Park.
- Benches will be available along the trail
“This project will benefit the city greatly,” said Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves, Jr., who proposed the project after taking office in 2017. “Resident will enjoy the recreational benefits for years to come, and it also provides tourism benefits for our beautiful downtown area.”