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Zachary Officials Take Steps to Make it Easier to Walk and Ride Bicycles Around Our City

Posted by xadmin on January 05, 2017

Zachary Officials Take Steps to Make it Easier to Walk and Ride Bicycles Around Our City

Mayor David Amrhein signed a cooperative endeavor agreement with the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council on December 22nd paving the way to spend $750,000 to construct sidewalks and a bike path. The money comes from a half-cent sales tax for road improvements, which 3 percent of the tax is dedicated to beautification and sidewalks.

"It's all to make the city more walkable and friendly for cyclists," the mayor said. He said residents want a city with more bike paths and sidewalks, but both are expensive to build. The project was finalized before the August floods but put on the back burner when "other things became a priority," Amrhein said.

Plans are complete and surveying is done for the sidewalk project, which will provide sidewalks along Fennwood Drive and a portion of West Mount Pleasant Road. Amrhein also plans to construct a bike path along La. 64 from Newell Street to 964.

The mayor hopes to get more projects complete "if we get a good price" from bids on the sidewalk and bike path projects. He's hoping for the installation of lights at the intersection of La. 64 and Mount Pleasant to make it safer for walkers to cross the street. Residents want Zachary to become a walkable and biking community, and the $750,000 project will help meet those demands.  "This will help us be a more fit community and be a community with more options to get out and enjoy" what Zachary has to offer, the mayor said.

Amrhein said he worked with East Baton Rouge Parish Councilman Trae Welch and outgoing EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden on the project.