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Traffic Advisory: Four-Week Temporary Closure of Royal/Chartres Intersection for Utility Upgrades

April 23, 2021   |    Category: District B    |   Tagged as: Traffic Advisory

Traffic Advisory: Four-Week Temporary Closure of Royal/Chartres Intersection for Utility Upgrades

On Monday, April 26, weather permitting, the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works Public will close the intersection of Conti and Royal streets to accommodate utility upgrades.  Public safety is our priority; signage and flaggers will be in place to direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic respectively. Businesses in the area are being notified about the closure this week.

This work is part of the $4.3M Conti Full-Depth Reconstruction Project, which calls for removing and replacing the existing pavement, replacing and upsizing the existing drain lines and catch basins, replacing the existing water lines, repairing and/or replacing the existing sewer lines, replacing the existing low pressure gas lines with high pressure gas lines, replacing and/or repairing the existing underground electrical duct banks, replacing sidewalks and adding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps at intersections and a mid-block crossing at Exchange Place, as well as bollards the length of the block on the Esplanade side / 4th Circuit Supreme Court. 

Crews are working up to seven days each week from 8 a.m. until sunset.  Once construction is completed in the 700-block of Conti roadway (anticipated in June 2021), the fence will be removed, and work will begin on the adjacent sidewalks.  When all construction has been completed in the 700-block and Entergy Gas / Entergy Electric crews have wrapped up their upgrades in the 600-block of Conti Street, Hard Rock crews will shift their operations into the 600-block roadway between Royal and Chartres streets.

  • Current Full Roadway Closure: 700-block of Conti Street is closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the project. Commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Royal Street.
  • Workday Closure: 600-block of Conti Street is being intermittently closed to vehicular traffic daily while Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric crews are upgrading their utilities. Intermittent closures will continue through the duration of the project. During the day, commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Decatur Street.  The 600-block will reopen to vehicular traffic each night.


The project, which was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and is being constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC is anticipated to run through winter 2021 (approximately four months per block). Project partners include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T.

Since May 2018, 28 roadwork projects totaling $151M have been completed. Today, more than 60 roadwork projects are under construction, valued at nearly $600 million dollars. 


Please visit for more information. Questions about this project or RoadworkNOLA should be directed to 504.658.ROAD (7623) or

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using local and federal funds, the $2.3 billion program is the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation. 


  • More than $2.3 billion worth of DPW / SWBNO work across the City
  • Nearly 200 individual projects -- every neighborhood will feel this positive impact
  • Project schedules coordinated to minimize construction-related impacts
  • Economic opportunity for the City’s small and disadvantaged businesses
  • Proactive communications so that residents are well informed throughout the program


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