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Abbeville streetscape project on hold due to COVID-19

Posted at 3:20 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 16:20:31-04

ABBEVILLE, La. — The City of Abbeville has placed a temporary pause on its downtown streetscape project because of the current uncertainty of finances from the state due to COVID-19.

According to Abbeville City Councilman Brady Broussard, the beautification project relied on a $475,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration that was being administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Brady says that the city have asked the contractors working on the project to take a break until they have confirmation that the state finances are still valid.

He adds that while there is no particular date for the project to resume, he believes that it will resume in the summer.

Once the project is complete, the downtown area in Abbeville will have handicap accessibility, landscaping, buried utilities, new lighting and safe sidewalks.

"Those are some of the very many benefits from this grant," said Broussard. "We are very happy with contractor's work"

Brady said that the city only paused this project out of an abundance of caution because of COVID-19 and the economic slowdown that has resulted because of it.

According to Broussard, the benefits of this project can be seen on Pere Megret Street in downtown Abbeville, which is nearly completed.

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