New Iberia has received a federal grant to create a Historic Districts Trail, Mayor Freddie DeCourt announced today.
The $75,000 grant will help create The New Iberia Historic Districts Trail, which will be a pedestrian walkway that will include LED lighting, poles, wayfinding signs, trailhead maps and crosswalk striping along East and West Main streets.
The trail will be 16,000 feet long and six feet wide, or about three miles.
The project will connect adjoining National Register Districts by way of a pedestrian walking trail and a grade level reinforced ADA compliant sidewalk system that will be well lit, landscaped and properly drained.
In addition, new construction will be along the western fence line of the Shadows-on-the-Teche where there is presently no path or sidewalk along N. Weeks St. to East Main St.
The trail would then meet an existing sidewalk along blocks (100-900) East Main St. and blocks (100-200) West Main St.
"Our deepest appreciation to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, State Senator Fred Mills (District 22), State Representative Beau Beaullieu (District 48), State Representative Blake Miguez (District 49), State Representative Marcus Bryant (District 96) for their continued support for tourism based projects along the Bayou Teche Corridor and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, and to Michael W. Domingue, Recreational Trails Program Administrator for Louisiana," the Mayor said.