Jim Rhodes announced that the Cane River Waterway Commission will give the City of Natchitoches an additional $350,000 toward the total cost of the Rue Beauport Riverbank Renovation Project. He made the announcement at the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission meeting Oct. 19.
With an initial investment of $3 million, the CRWC is funding the majority of the project. Rhodes said the Waterway Commission feels this project will change the dynamics of the whole riverbank as it will become more used.
“We just want to make sure the Cane River is everything it can be,” he said. “We knew we needed to be a part of this.”
With the City doing more work then they originally planned for, the CRWC felt it was pertinent to provide more assistance toward the project. The money should be transferred toward the end of the year after the CRWC amends its budget and completes the necessary paperwork.
The City will bid out work beginning Oct. 24 to do all the parking spaces on the riverbank in concrete with brick crosswalks every 4-5 spaces. Other additions include the necessary sewer line being moved and upgraded before the renovation could begin. A second stairwell was added on the south end of the riverbank. There was also a change order to install adequate faucets to supply water to all vendors for festivals.