The resurfacing and repair project that will span most of Magazine Street this year got its official start Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony in front of Cafe Rani attended by a host of city and state officials.
As part of South Louisiana Submerged Roads program, the state Department of Transportation and Development will repair and resurface Magazine Street from U.S. 90B to Nashville Avenue. The $6.7 million project consists of patching, resurfacing, repairing curbs and installing handicap ramps. Water drain pipe repairs and other miscellaneous work will occur at some locations.
“Because Magazine Street has increasingly gained popularity, both domestically and internationally, as one of the must-see places in New Orleans, this project couldn’t be more appropriate in the continuing effort to — as Mayor Landrieu has stated before — create a better New Orleans,” said Roy J. Quezaire, legislative liaison of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Work on the project will be broken down into three segments:
Zone 3: St. Andrew to US 90B is beginning now and will be complete by Mardi Gras.
Zone 2: Napoleon to St. Andrew will begin after Mardi Grase and will continue through summer 2011.
Zone 1: Nashville to Napoleon will begin in summer 2011 and continue until fall 2011.
The project will be completed before Thanksgiving, so holiday shopping will not be impacted, according to Quezaire.
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