Work is scheduled to begin on a 2.1-mile extension of the multi-use trail on the west side of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway.
A low bid of approximately $1.1 million was awarded by the Red River Waterway Commission to Integrity, Inc. General Contractor of Shreveport. According to project engineers, a notice to proceed was issued September 12.
The extension will run from the trail’s current terminus across from the CenturyLink Center south to the Red River National Wildlife Refuge boat launch.
Officials said the extension will include a picnic pavilion near the boat ramp and benches along the eight-foot wide, asphalt trail. Completion of the project is expected in early 2017.
Individuals who use the Parkway are reminded to be on the lookout for construction.
“We want to thank Bossier Parish’s members of the commission, Doug Brown and David Jones, for their assistance in successfully getting this project awarded,” said Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus.
“The multi-use trail is a great asset that can now continue all the way to the wildlife refuge, one of the local attractions we believe will now see more activity,” he added.
Red River Waterway Commission officials said the project adds another element to the quality of life in the area.