NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A popular paved bike and walking path on top of the Mississippi River levee near Audubon Park is closing until next May as the Army Corps of Engineers beefs up the levee.

The Times-Picayune reports that the segment between the Jefferson Parish line and the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters building will be closed from Monday through May 2013.

The project will raise a 10,000-foot-long segment of the levee between 1 and 2 feet from the parish line to the downriver end of the Audubon Park Riverview, often referred to as the Fly. Construction will take 10 to 12 months and will bring the segment up to Congressionally-authorized dimensions.

Construction will begin at the parish line and move downriver.