Flyway Byway making progress in Jeff Davis Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Flyway Byway making progress in Jeff Davis Parish

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JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Tourism officials in Jefferson Davis Parish say they are making progress on the Flyway Byway project.

The proposed project consists of six bike trails, one boat route and several scenic routes that will run through Welsh, Jennings and Lake Arthur. The routes will be identified by themed signs on the roadside, which the Louisiana Byways Collection hopes to have in place by the end of the year.

"We want to give people the opportunity to get off the Interstate -- to get out of Lake Charles and Lafayette and do something where they can connect with outdoors," said Marion Fox, Jeff Davis Parish Tourism Director. "The more people we have participating in outdoors, the more conservation we're going to have, the more things that people will understand (about) what it takes to keep the outdoors pristine."

Tourism officials also say they hope it will help bring in tourists and business opportunities. Fox says she has seen an influx of kayakers and bikers using some of the paths. Fox says that the bike trails will not appear on any maps until there is an off-road trail next to the highway.

A quarter management plan was approved last month. The local byway project is one of 17 across the state in various stages of development.

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