Downtown Houma to get more parking, footbridge

One more step in the improvement of Downtown Houma is about to get started as a new parking lot and footbridge will soon get added to the landscape.

The footbridge will extend from the dead end of Grinage Street near Bayou Terrebonne and extend about 65 feet into what will be a newly paved and striped 51-space parking lot on the other side of the bayou.



Gray Construction Corporation has won the bid and will have 150 calendar days to complete the project once paperwork is finalized in the coming days or weeks.

The bridge and parking lot project will cost $350,000 in total with $325,000 coming from a Capital Outlay grant. Terrebonne Parish will fund remaining $25,000 for the project.

This parking lot is the among a few planned or completed Downtown Houma parking lot additions, according to Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government Projects Administrator Jeanne Bray.



“They’re full when we’ve done festivals and when people pile into Downtown Houma so it’ll allow for 51 more parking spaces for them and access across the bayou to the Main Street side,” Bray said.

Two parking lots have already been completed. Another, located at the intersection of Suthon Avenue (Roussell Street) and Park Avenue, is nearing completion and will likely be done long before the final allowed completion date of Feb. 23. Another will be a small parking lot right beside the Waterlife Museum.

The footbridge, a steal steadfast bridge, will look like the one which crosses Little Bayou Black by Southdown and will be built to go along with the Bayou Walk, a brick walkway along the bayou on the Main Street side, when the Bayou Walk is built to reach that point.



A footbridge will be constructed in Downtown Houma, and it will be just like the one pictured, which connects Veterans Park to the Southdown Plantation.

 

RICHARD FISCHER | THE TIMES