The $11.9M Black Pearl / East Carrollton Group A project, which began construction in August 2020, continues making progress. Contractor Hard Rock Construction Co., LLC is restoring roadways on Maple, Cohn, Birch, Fern and Short streets. Sewer and water line replacement work began in the 200 block of Hillary street and will continue to the 300 block. In the coming months, work will also include sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps throughout the project. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022, weather permitting.
There have been a large number of lead service line replacements on this project between the water main and residential or business meters. If residents receive a notification that a lead service line is being replaced, the following steps should be completed:
- Run cold water at a high flow at all of your faucets for at least 5 minutes each, one at a time, starting with the faucet closest to your water meter, to remove any lead particles that may have gotten into your plumbing when we were working on your service line.
- After flushing your faucets, clean your faucet aerators. Lead particles can be trapped in aerators. Simply unscrew the aerator from the tip of the faucet, wash and replace it. We recommend continued flushing for at least a month before using the water for drinking and cooking after the repair has been completed.
- Consider having a Licensed Master Plumber inspect the service line from the meter to your home. If it is a lead line, we recommend that you have it replaced.
- Customers may also call our Water Quality Laboratory at 865-0420 to request to have your water tested for lead.
Consider obtaining NSF-certified filters that are rated to remove lead.
Click here to view a map of the project, which was designed by All South Consulting Engineers, LLC. The scope of work varies by block and includes the following:
- Patch Mill/Overlay: Repaving the asphalt roadway from curb to curb and repair damaged sidewalks;
- Patch Concrete: Removing damaged portions of the concrete roadway and replace it with new smooth concrete pavement;
- Incidental Road Repairs: Removing damaged portions of the asphalt roadway and replace it with new smooth pavement; and
- Non-Paving Incidentals: Repairing damaged sidewalks, driveway aprons and curbs within the public right-of-way.
The City of New Orleans hosted a virtual community meeting via WebEx in July 2020 to discuss anticipated impacts. View a copy of the presentation here. For more information about this project and other upcoming work, please visit roadwork.nola.gov or call 504.658.ROAD (7623).