City crews beautifying downtown before La. Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
MORGAN CITY, La. — Downtown Morgan City along the seawall is undergoing a makeover where city workers are planting new plants, cleaning the sidewalks, and restriping parking lines.
Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said the city is improving the “landscaping and cleanliness” along Front Street by getting rid of many plants that are hard to maintain and “run wild” and replace them with plants that are more manageable.
The city is also going to pressure wash the sidewalk, and restripe the parking lines in the downtown area “just in time for festival weekend,” Grizzaffi said.
On the river side of the sea wall, the city recently entered into an agreement with engineering firm Moffat & Nichol to get pricing and plan for “bulk-heading” the riverfront, Grizzaffi said.
“Hopefully, in about seven months, we can really get that project moving,” Grizzaffi said. “A lot of our initial work under this administration has been in the Main Street Historic District, and the reason why is because that’s … one of the few spots we have available funding,” Grizzaffi said.
The city has people who donate money to help preserve that area, and the city also has a $35,000 grant that will be used to install crosswalks and benches, among other items, he said.
The city is getting ready to start work to finish paving the area under the U.S. 90 Bridge that is not already paved with $75,000 in state funding that state Rep. Sam Jones, R-Franklin, worked to get for the city, Grizzaffi said.
Work will start after the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, so construction does not interfere with the festival, Grizzaffi said.