Jeff Davis Parish may create scenic route to draw visitors

LAKE ARTHUR (AP) — A plan to designate a Flyway Byway scenic route through Jefferson Davis Parish envisions incorporating a nearly 55-mile driving route with potential bike routes, waterways and walking paths focusing on the Welsh, Jennings and Lake Arthur areas.

David Dahlquist, who helped develop the plan, said the scenic route would attract visitors and spending to the areas and improve quality of life for local residents.

The driving route would follow La. 26, La. 14, La. 99 and U.S. 90 with connections to Interstate 10 and other roads in Jefferson Davis.

Six bikeways, including a mountain bike route, are being proposed using existing routes, including highways and local streets.

A water trail would run just east of Jennings, following the Mermentau River and Lacassine Bayou and incorporating existing boat launches to provide for kayaking, canoeing and other boating opportunities.

“The byway will offer rewards for visitors to the area by giving them an opportunity to get off the interstate and see what the area really has to offer,” Dahlquist said.

The plan could lead to economic development for communities along the routes, he said.

The Flyway Byway is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.