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January 27, 2021   |    Category: Citywide


The $1.6M Old Spanish Trail (Nighthart St.- Sherwood Dr.) roadway improvement project got underway earlier this month. The contractor for the Hatch Mott MacDonald-designed project is Beverly Construction Co., LLC, and work is expected to be completed in early 2022, weather permitting. The scope of work for the project may include: repaving the roadway from curb-to-curb; repairing damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons; installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections; and repalcing/repairing damaged underground water, sewer, and/or drainage lines. A virtual pre-construction community meeting was held on January 7, 2021, and you can access the presentation here.

The Wright Road (Chef Menteur Boulevard — Dwyer Road) infrastructure improvement project contines to progress. The scope of work for the $6.2M project may include: replacing/repairing damaged underground water, sewer and/or drainage lines; repairing damaged curbs and gutters; patching the roadway with asphalt; replacing damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons; and installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections. The city-funded project, which is scheduled to be complete in spring 2022, weather permitting, is a collaborative effort between the City of New Orleans and the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. A public meeting about the project was held via Webex on Monday, November 9, 2020. You can access the presentation here.

Crews from Hard Rock Construction Co., LLC continue installing new sidewalks along the 400 – 1000 blocks of Barracks Street. The work is now more than 85 percent complete and is expected to be complete next month, weather permitting. The improvements are part of the $2M city-funded 2020 French Quarter Sidewalk Improvement Plan. Crews started in the 400 block of Barracks in late September and are progressing northward toward North Rampart Street. 

The sidewalk improvement program also includes the 400 – 1000 blocks of Governor Nicholls St. Crews started installing new sidewalks in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls at North Rampart in late November and they are working their way southward. Travel lanes will temporarily be narrowed and the parking lane will be closed in blocks where crews are working. The project, which is more than 30 percent complete, is expected to be wrapped up in February, weather permitting.

Contractor Barriere Construction has completed work on two of the three $1.8M city-funded roadway improvement projects in the Marigny neighborhood. Crews wrapped up work on Elysian Fields from North Peters to St. Claude, and on Franklin Avenue from North Peters to St. Claude. Paving on Elysian Fields was completed in December and the roadway was re-striped to reduce the roadway to two travel lanes and add a bike lane.  Work is still underway on Royal Street between Elysian Fields and Esplanade and is expected to be completed next month, weather permitting.

Crews are also putting the finishing touches on the $642K Lakeview Pervious Alleyway Restoration Pilot Program that began last summer. The city-funded pilot program, which was created to help re-direct stormwater and alleviate flooding in Lakeview alleys, includes the 6200 block of Marshall Foch (between Harrison Avenue and French Street) and the 6300 block of Argonne Boulevard (between Harrison and Bragg Street). The project includes installing pervious pavement to help re-direct stormwater and alleviate flooding. It is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2021.

Crews from Barriere Construction continue to work on the permeable paving in the parking lanes along Notre Dame Street between Magazine Street and Convention Center Boulevard. The $800K city-funded project also includes installing three feet of stormwater storage and a perforated pipe installed underneath the pavement. The surface of the street is being repaved from curb to curb and new sidewalks will be installed.  Construction completion has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2021 due to some additional work on sidewalks in the project area.

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