Promenade nearing completion, Streetscape geared to begin

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - CCurrently out for bid - a project that will transform the look and function of Ryan Street. For the contractor, the Ryan Street Streetscape will be a labor intensive project of intricate brickwork and somewhat of a disruption for nearby businesses and motorists.

"We're trying to do this in a phased construction. We're asking the contractor to significantly or substantially complete one side of the street before crossing over to the other side of the street," explained Lake Charles City Engineer Walt Jessen.

Jessen says the contractor would be required to work with multiple crews six days a week - and for the portion which includes the decorative intersections - crews would be required to work seven days a week. Bids will be received on August 17th with construction to start some time in October.

When it comes to work on the Lakefront Marina and Promenade construction is almost complete. The only thing left to be done is the installation of this fountain and sculpture, which officials say should be complete by the end by August 23rd. They say a grand opening could happen on September 18th.

Meanwhile the marina has been finished for quiet some time now. The DDA has already recommended rules and pricing for stays of up to 72-hours: boaters will pay 10 dollars a night with no utilities, and 20 dollars a night with utilities. For locals they may want to pay an annual fee of unlimited docking for 200 dollars.

"I think that this is pretty cheap. I think I might want to camp out for 72 hours and I think we can get more money out of this because people would pay it," said DDA Member Rick Richard.

While they all think demand will exceed supply, DDA President Adley Cormier explains you want to give them something to talk about: "The first year is always we've got it, come look at it, come see it, come think about - sail Lake Charles - rah, rah, rah," said Cormier.

The different areas along the Lakefront Promenade will be clearly identified with 52 custom made banners.

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