Story by Staff Sgt. Jason McCasland, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE — East Reservation family housing residents will have a new path to and from the East Reservation shoppette late January. 2014.
The new path will give residents a safe area to travel away from vehicle traffic.
“Right now anyone walking, running or bicycling on the East side has nowhere to go if a car is coming, since there is no paved shoulder on that road,” said Staff Sgt. Nolan Strange, 2nd Civil Engineers Squadron, pavements and equipment scheduler.
The new two-thirds of a mile path will give residents an off-road, paved area for bicycling, running or walking.
“The path starts at the tennis courts and will be tying into the road across from the Shoppette,” said Maj. Ryan LeBlanc, 2nd CES Operations Flight commander. “With the new walking area, residents won’t have to walk in the grass or on the road with normal traffic. This can be dangerous for both cars and pedestrians.”
Even though construction has slowed due to winter weather conditions, the 2nd CES is working to finish the project on time.
“The 2nd CES has to cut, level, pack and pave the ground where the new path is going, but this wet winter weather has slowed us down,” said Strange. “As soon as the ground dries out we will be able to begin laying the pavement down and finish off the path.”
With the active construction still going on, commuters from East Reservation Housing or Bodacu Gate are urged to watch for workers and drive courteously.
“Our guys are mostly working during daylight hours, but drivers should still be careful while traveling to and from the East side,” said LeBlanc. “We reduced the speed limit there to help with both pedestrian and vehicle traffic, but it is still an active construction zone; anyone traveling on the road needs to proceed with caution.”
Residents at East Reservation Housing are excited about the upcoming path and its completion.
“I’m glad we are getting a new pedestrian path to the shoppette, it was always a little dangerous,” said Jinarhett Bright, wife of Senior Airman Brandon Bright. “The path will protect both pedestrians and drivers from each other. Drivers will not have to go around us while we are walking, bicycling or running especially at night.”