Downtown Ruston continues to experience a dramatic transformation, as the street’s decades-old utilities are being upgraded and the sidewalks are reconstructed to create an enjoyable, pedestrian-focused shopping, dining and service environment. Revitalization efforts have been shown to increase public interest, renew downtown areas, and restore them to their former prominence as a center of community activity. Successful downtown projects such as this will not only expand business, employment, and shopping opportunities, but should also increase and strengthen the social activity and quality of life in the community.
The initiative uses a combination of federal, state and local funds to renovate underutilized downtown areas. After six years in the planning process, the nine phase project is well under way. Construction on Phases I & II of this project were completed in 2010, Phases III & IV were completed in 2013 and Phase V was completed in 2014. Phases VI & VIII are scheduled to begin construction in mid-2015, and Phases VII & IX are scheduled to begin construction in late 2016.
Work on the downtown area includes installing underground power lines, new sidewalks and curbs, and new waterlines. The City is also adding benches, street lights, street planters, and hanging planters to create a pedestrian-friendly area that will enhance the overall feel of Downtown Ruston.
The Downtown Revitalization Project is funded through the combined efforts of the Delta Regional Authority, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the City of Ruston. Local engineering firm Hunt, Guillot & Associates provided the engineering design for the project and serves as project manager and coordinator.
Specific construction questions can be directed to Blake Weatherly with Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC at (318) 255-6825, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general project information, contact Lori Faile, Development Services Manager at email@example.com.