NEW ORLEANS — Construction on the Carrollton levee enlargement project will begin today, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The section of the multi-purpose access path, or bike path, that runs along the Mississippi River levee from the Jefferson Parish line at Eagle Street to the northern end of the corps’ district offices on Leake Avenue will close. The closure of the bike path is anticipated to last until May.
The work is the first part of a project to raise 10,000 feet of river levee approximately 1 to 2 feet between the parish line and the southern end of the Audubon Park Riverview, best known as “the Fly.”
However the Fly, as well as the area upriver that serves as an unofficial dog park, will not be affected by construction until May, in order to minimize impact to the part of the levee most heavily used for recreational activities.
The closure of the dog park area, as well as part of the Fly, is scheduled to last from May 15 to Aug. 1. The baseball fields and picnic area will not be affected.
One of the only impacts in the Fly area during the summer months will be in the flow of traffic. Visitors will need to leave the same way they enter — changing what is now a one-way road into a two-way road.
Construction on the entire project is estimated to last for 10 to 12 months and will result in bringing the levee up to the congressionally authorized dimensions.
At the end of September, the corps awarded the $3,799,212 contract to Cycle Construction.
For the initial phase, work will begin near the parish line and progress toward the corps offices.
During the construction, access to the levee will be restricted. A staging area will be set up near St. Charles and Leake Avenue, which will reduce the area used for parking by nearby businesses.
People who live in the area known as the “batture” will not be affected, a corps spokesman said.
Information on the project is available at http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/audubonfly.asp.