On Monday, September 17, at 8 a.m., the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works and Sewerage & Water Board began fully reconstructing the roadway and sidewalks on Bourbon Street from St. Louis to Dumaine streets (500-800 blocks). Work will occur sequentially from the 500 – 800 block, with only one block closed at a time to vehicular traffic throughout construction. All businesses along this corridor will remain open and accessible throughout construction.
The $9.5 million cost-shared project, which is anticipated to run through June 2019, was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and will be constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC. Project partners also include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T. Public safety is the City’s top priority; Residents and commuters are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near this construction site.
“Before moving ahead with Phase 2, our administration made it a priority to do extensive outreach to businesses and residents in the Quarter— and to listen to their concerns,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We took the time, we listened, and we made changes to the whole approach. We bid the project out in such a way as to create financial penalties if the work is not completed on schedule. With input from the community and with their support: we are building a stronger, safer and more beautiful Bourbon Street.”
The project team has incorporated lessons learned from Phase 1 of the project into the framework for an entirely new Phase 2 approach. Improvements include a more efficient work plan, contractor incentive/liquidated damages, Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric working in advance of the City’s project, improved fencing and a complete demobilization two weeks in advance of Mardi Gras.
As part of the improved fencing plan, the City partnered with the Arts Council to create the design for a more aesthetically pleasing wrap that illustrates the historical significance of the project. The custom fence wrap will give passersby a basic understanding of the project as well as where and how they can find out more.
More details about the Phase 2 improvements were provided during a pre-construction public meeting presentation on August 28.
Design and Construction Elements
The project calls for removing and replacing the existing pavement, replacing and upsizing the existing drain lines and catch basins, adding screens in front of the 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, installing a movable bollard system in the 500-700 blocks, replacing sidewalks and adding Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections. A full description of the project and weekly updates are available at: http://roadwork.nola.gov/bourbon/
Week One Work Plan
On Monday, Hard Rock Construction, LLC will start work on the lakeside and riverside sidewalks in the 500 block of Bourbon Street to prepare for future lining of sewer house connections. Beginning on Wednesday (weather permitting), Hard Rock Construction, LLC will re-route river-bound traffic from the 500 block of Bourbon Street between St. Louis and Toulouse streets. A traffic advisory will be issued in advance of this closure. The intersection of St. Louis and Bourbon streets and the 500 block of Bourbon Street will be closed as construction crews begin excavation to reconstruct the roadway and its underground utilities. At the time of closure, drivers may use Decatur or North Rampart streets as alternative routes to reach their destination.
Questions about our French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project may be directed via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our RoadworkNOLA hotline 504.658.ROAD (7623).