Berwick bridge partially open

The Thorguson Road bridge replacement in Berwick is complete and the road is partially open for use.

Town Public Works Director Allen Benoit said the south and north bridge approaches have been temporarily asphalted and roadway replacement toward US 90 is to begin soon.

Parish President Paul Naquin told the town council the bridge opened to one way traffic Tuesday.

Meanwhile, recreational opportunities in Berwick are expanding with the completion of a walking trail segment along Fairview Drive and the coming addition of a gazebo near the mid-point of that trail.

The town council learned Tuesday from Benoit that the trail segment from Pattie Drive to Renwick Boulevard is complete. This finishes the loop from Renwick Subdivision to Pattie and Fairview drives and back again.

Minor landscaping and the installation of a new trail sign also is complete. The area will be enhanced with the construction of a gazebo, complete with a drinking fountain and misters, near the mid-point of the trail. It will be similar to the other two recently constructed, Benoit said.

Also, Benoit reported his department has completed the last phase of the extension of Bellevue Front Street from Utah Street to Pacific Street. This reopens the roadway through the seawall for public use.

In other action, the town council:

—Set the Halloween observance for Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., within the city limits of Berwick.

—Learned that survey of the land to be used for the proposed Renwick Phase V should be finished within about two weeks.

—Approved the town’s holiday schedule for 2011-12.

—Approved a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

—Learned Franklin’s Harvest Moon Festival will be Oct. 29 beginning at 9 a.m.

—Granted a proclamation supporting Red Ribbon Week Oct. 21-30 in St. Mary Parish.

—Approved a resolution of respect for Lillian Russo.

—Heard from five politicians running for office on Oct. 22.

—Removed from the agenda an item concerning padding and carpet for the batting cage at the Berwick Civic Center.

Councilman Damon Robison was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

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