Greenway Gets Lit

The Lafitte Greenway lighting became operational this week.  Photo courtesy Jennifer Ruley.

The Lafitte Greenway lighting became operational this week. Photo courtesy Jennifer Ruley.

The Lafitte Greenway should be officially open by the end of September, 2015.

The Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor that will connect neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park. The Lafitte Greenway transforms one of the city’s most historic transportation corridors–originally a canal connecting to Bayou St. John to the edge of the French Quarter, and later a railroad right-of-way that has sat vacant since the mid-twentieth century–into a multi-use transportation corridor and linear park.

The Lafitte Greenway extends from the intersection of N. Alexander and St. Louis streets in Mid-City to Basin Street and St. Louis Street in Tremé, blocks from the French Quarter. The Greenway will include a 12-foot asphalt path for cyclists and pedestrians, new recreation fields, green space, and landscaping improvements including over 500 shade trees, native plant meadows, bioswales and stormwater retention features. The path will be fully lit with LED energy-efficient trail lighting, and will include curb extensions, signalized high visibility crosswalks, Americans with Disabilites Act-compliant curb ramps at sidewalk corners, environmental remediation, a crushed stone walking path, and a bicycle and pedestrian roundabout.

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