Downtown Ruston is experiencing 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.
Many rural communities are engaged in similar revitalization efforts to renew downtown areas and restore them to their former prominence as a center of community activity. Successful downtown projects 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.
This initiative uses a combination of federal, state and local funds to renovate under-used downtown areas and restore historic buildings and sites. After six years in the planning process, construction on Phases I & II of this project were completed in 2010. Phases III & IV of a nine phase project are currently underway and is estimated to be complete in the Spring of 2013.
Work on the downtown area includes installing underground power lines, new sidewalks and curbs, and new waterlines. The City will also add 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. CW&W Contractors of Sibley is the project contractor for the Phase III & IV project.
Specific construction questions can be directed to Blake Weatherly with Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC at (318) 599-9316, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general project information, contact Richard Aillet, Director of Engineering Services with the City of Ruston at email@example.com, or Lori Faile, Development Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.