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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - It has been a long time coming for residents, but the Lafitte Greenway project is finally taking shape.

Crews began work in March and already sections of the bike path are in.

Construction crews are hard at work digging up and grading what will soon be the Lafitte Greenway and residents could not be more excited to see the 2.6-mile bike path finally taking shape.

'To have this on the corner of my house, where I can just ride downtown without any cars and just enjoy a beautiful ride that would take just a few minutes from my house. I cannot wait, I cannot wait,' says Mid-City resident Shawn Toranto.

Crews broke ground on the $9.1-million project back in March. Once complete, the bike path will connect six historic neighborhoods between the French Quarter and Mid-City.

It will also include 500-plus trees, new ball fields, lighting along the path and some much need street crossings.

Residents like Kristin Wallace say safety is a big concern and she says she is happy this will give her a safe place to ride her bike.

'It's nice that there are safer options, especially with the accident that happened on St. Claude, that was really scary,' says Wallace.

The greenway trail along North Galvez Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway is already 75 percent complete and on Wednesday the Department of Public Works released a progress report on the construction project, saying everything is on schedule.

Mary Matthews, with Friends of Lafitte Corridor, says with the project moving quickly they are now working on holding an expo thanks to a grant from the city.

'Our mission for the expo, our goal really, is to raise awareness about the upcoming opening of the greenway,' says Matthews.

If the 11-month project stays on schedule, the new bike path and greenway will be open by March 2015.

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