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Friday, April 04 2014 - 11:57 am
By: James Hartman

With the collaboration of the City of Mandeville, Parish Government, Recreation District No. 1 and state Sen. Jack Donahue, plans to create a bypass road between Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 1088 are moving forward.


Earlier this week, Mandeville City Councilman At-Large Rick Danielson met with Parish President Pat Brister and representatives from Pelican Park to discuss the next steps in the project, which Danielson first proposed early last year.   The project is conceived to ease traffic flow and public safety between the two busy corridors, as well and providing a rear entrance to the Park.


"The City, Parish and Recreation District are all working closely with Sen. Jack Donahue to secure funding for the project and take necessary steps to develop plans for the roadway," Danielson said.  "While there are many steps to be taken, I think we're all determined to make the road a reality."


Donahue is working to secure a portion of the state's Capital Outlay Program budget during the current legislative Session.


"This is an important project that I believe will benefit the entire community," said Donahue.  "It's one of my priorities for local spending in the current Session, and I'm working to build necessary support in the Capitol."


Likewise, Brister said the work will alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for area residents and the people who use Pelican Park.


"There are more than a million visits to Pelican Park each year, and we need to keep the park vital and the people safe," Brister said.  "We're working through this process, from the sale of land to the Parish by the State to surveying and engineering that will be necessary as we move forward.   My staff and I realize the importance and value of this proposal, and we want to make it happen as quickly as possible."


Danielson said alignment and survey work and environmental reviews could begin later this year.


"Not only will this improve quality of life for area residents and users of Pelican Park, but it will present a great opportunity for economic development once it's completed," Danielson said.