Beginning in 2014, about 8.5 miles of the path in Jefferson Parish and two miles in Orleans parish were closed to allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to raise those sections of the levee two to three feet to correct for levee subsidence, though not all of the sections were closed at once.
A third short section was also closed for work on pipes and pumps in the "Pump to the River" drainage project but a short asphalt bypass around the pipes, just upriver of the Mississippi River bridge, is complete and open.
Closing even short stretches of the levee path disrupts the flow of bicyclists, runners and walkers using the trail. The only detour around the closed sections is River Road, a narrow, two lane road with heavy traffic and no shoulders running most of the length of the levee at its base.
Sections of the trail also use the tops of levees in St. Charles Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish but there was no construction on the levee crown in those parishes.