The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works and Sewerage & Water Board began a full reconstruction project on Bourbon Street from St. Louis to Dumaine streets (500-800 blocks) on September 17, 2018. Work is occurring sequentially from the 500 – 800 blocks, with ONLY one block fenced off at a time throughout construction. All businesses along this corridor are open and accessible throughout construction. Currently, the contractor is working in the 800 block of Bourbon Street.
Like the demobilization for Mardi Gras, the contractor will completely demobilize all labor and materials, including fencing, from the site and temporarily backfill any trenches by close of business on Wednesday, August 28. The contractor will resume operations on Tuesday, September 3.
The City is more than eighty-five percent complete with the project; the contractor has fully reconstructed the roadway between St. Louis and St. Ann streets (500-750 blocks) with upsized drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks and new, smoother pavement. Additionally, the lighting and security have been upgraded between St. Louis and St. Peter streets. Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric have also completed upgrades to their services in those blocks.
While crews were completing a sewer point repair in the St. Ann intersection in September, the condition of the sewer line prompted an additional assessment between Dauphine and Bourbon, which indicated that the section of roadway needs a full reconstruction. Full reconstruction will likely begin in the fall, after the 800 block of Bourbon Street is complete. Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric crews are currently upgrading their facilities on St. Ann Street.
Installation of the moveable bollard system that will enhance public safety in the 500-700 blocks of Bourbon Street will begin in the mid-August timeframe. For more information on the Matador Bollard System, click here.
The $9.5 million cost-shared project, which is anticipated to run through fall 2019, was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and is being constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC. Project partners include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T.