- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) - A public meeting will be held Tuesday to bring residents up to date on plans for a scenic throughway in Jefferson Davis Parish.

The American Press reported (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the session will be at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Arthur City Hall and will focus on the proposed Flyway Byway.

The Flyway Byway is projected as a 55-mile scenic driving route with bicycle trails, waterways and walking paths passing through Jennings, Welsh and Lake Arthur.

“The meeting will afford the public with the opportunity to learn about the potential which the Flyway Byway, Blueway and Bikeways can afford Jeff Davis Parish and the local communities,” parish tourist commission spokeswoman Jamie Lee said.

The meeting will also provide the Flyway Byway board with the opportunity to hear comments and questions about the long-term plan for the byway as they prepare to adopt the management plan as the overall guiding document for conserving resources, developing amenities and interpreting and promoting the many byway experiences.

The Flyway Byway will join other Louisiana byways as rural destinations, Lee said.

During the meeting, residents can review the latest plans for the Flyway Byway and offer suggestions.

A draft of the Flyway Byway visitors map and guide will be unveiled. Plans for the guide include a small birding guide and community maps with listings of local attractions, restaurants and lodging as well as an overview map of the trial.

“We want to show the public what the guide looks like and get any additional feedback on the trial or the proposed routes,” Lee said.

The guides will be distributed statewide to attract visitors to the parish, she said.

“The Flyway Byway means an increase in visitors and an increase in awareness of our natural resources in the parish,” Lee said.

“We see thousands of visitors come through the (Louisiana Oil and Gas) park every month. It will be nice to have another attraction to promote to get people off Interstate 10 and to see the rest of Jeff Davis Parish,” she said.

Initially, the route will be a scenic driving tour for motorcycles and automobiles but will be expanded later to include bikeways and water trails.

The project is funded by a Federal Highway Administration grant.


Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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