Ryan Streetscape to break ground after Mardi Gras

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With the new year comes new construction in Downtown Lake Charles. The Ryan Street Streetscape Project is set to get underway in a few months. It's a companion project to the newly completed Lakefront Promenade and will use much of the same brickwork to transform downtown.

Construction will be done in several phases over the next 12 to 15 months. Each phase is expected to take around 90 days and officials say they won't break ground until after Mardi Gras.

"The public will see some actual activity right after Mardi Gras 2011. That has been bid. We've been in a period of assembly in getting all the utilities relocated for that project. We'll start on Clarence Street and it goes all the way down to the corner of Pine and Ryan Street. The project will really tie everything together," explained Lori Marinovich, Lake Charles Downtown Development Director.

Also going out for bid this month - a new bridge on Ryan Street over the Pithon Cooley. Marinovich expects construction to start in late March or early April. Ryan Street will remain open during the construction with traffic detoured around the project.

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