|People’s Choice Award Nominee|
|Preserving History: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Front Street Natchitoches Restoration Project
“With an improved roadway as well as enhanced utilities and sidewalks, we feel confident that Front Street will continue to charm visitors for at least another 100 years.”
The Front Street restoration project rehabilitated six city blocks of historic brick-surfaced streets in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. The project included removing, cleaning and then replacing each of the approximately 300,000 roadway bricks, once the existing infrastructure had been replaced. In order to keep businesses open along the street, the project was divided into three, two-block-long phases. Discoveries of Native American and 18th- and 19th-century European artifacts as well as a 109-year-old silver dollar from the New Orleans mint were made during the project. Despite facing numerous obstacles, including Hurricane Gustav, the entire Front Street project was completed in the original contract time of 240 calendar days.