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. On November 14, Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined other City officials and community partners for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the $9.5 million Bourbon Street Revitalization, Phase 2 project.
"This is a historic day for infrastructure improvements along Bourbon Street. We were able to get work done faster and even better under our administration," said Mayor Cantrell. "Bourbon Street is an iconic street, it's a world-class street that everyone knows around the world. So we were intentional about ensuring that all of our businesses along Bourbon Street were not only listened to but they were taken into consideration. Making sure they remain viable in this city is a top priority, and we just appreciate how they worked with us and through this construction."
The cost-shared project was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and was constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC. Project partners included Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T, in close coordination with tourism partners. The Department of Public Works also worked with the New Orleans Police Department on security improvements during the project. The contractor fully reconstructed the roadway between St. Louis and Dumaine streets (500-800 blocks) with upsized drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks and new, smoother pavement. Additionally, the lighting and security were upgraded between St. Louis and Dumaine streets. Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric also completed upgrades in those blocks.
Crews will continue working on the list of items identified during a preliminary inspection in the 500 - 800 blocks of Bourbon Street that need repair. Dedication plaques will also be installed in the 500 block as part of the punch list.