SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - The Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) is now several months into a project to improve the Stoner Avenue Recreation Area in Shreveport, and the Arthur Ray Teague Recreation Area in Bossier City.
The dual projects began in November, and were needed to replace wooden boat docks that were damaged and washed away in the 2015 and 2016 Red River floods.
"These are two of our most active boat launch facilities, so we knew it was time to renovate these for the public," says RRWC Marketing Director, Eric Gilmore.
Gilmore says the projects will add 380 feet of seawall dock in Shreveport, and 320 feet in Bossier City. A 10 foot wide concrete sidewalk will run along the seawall dock for fishing and recreation.
"We have a lot of recreational and commercial fisherman that come out and it gives them easy access to some of the best fishing there is in all of the country," says Gilmore.
The combined $2.5 million dollar project cost is being funded by the RRWC through an ongoing millage tax.
The tiered design of the seawall dock and sidewalk will make machinery access to debris and sand cleanup easier in the event of future high water rises. This is expected to cut down the length of any future recreation area closures due to high water.
If the weather cooperates the projects should be complete in April. A launch ramp remains open at both recreation areas for boaters.
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