New Roads awarded grant for False River Drive walkway
NEW ROADS – The City of New Roads has been awarded a grant by the Louisiana Office of State Parks to create the False River Drive pedestrian walkway.
The grant is a part of the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program, which provides funds to states to provide and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. The project extends the city's walkway along False River Drive from an existing path at Major Parkway southwest to Pointe Coupee General Hospital.
"Not only will the new walkway improve the quality of life in our city for our residents, it will also give our visitors a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty of False River and our community," Myer said.
According to Mayor Robert Myer, the grant is valued at $159, 677 and represents 80 percent of the project's funding. The city will match the project grant, increasing the value to more than $227,000.
Myer said that he anticipates the new walkway to be completed soon and in time for the city's 6th annual Alma Plantation Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 14 – 16.