Dec 022013

Workers preparing Jefferson Avenue for installation of a major new drainage canal will spend the next several weeks before Christmas trimming trees and removing the neutral ground, New Orleans officials said.

Tree trimming was slated to begin today (Monday, Dec. 2) between South Claiborne Avenue and Clara Street, and then move between Clara and Dryades over the next two weeks, according to a news release from the Sewerage and Water Board.

On Wednesday, workers will begin removing the neutral ground and curbs between South Claiborne and Magnolia Street, and replacing it with bedding material and temporary asphalt during the week of Dec. 15, the release states.

During the relocation of utilities, Jefferson Avenue will initially remain two-way, with drivers in the former neutral-ground area as they already are on the river side of St. Charles Avenue, officials have said. Once workers begin installing the box canal, however, Jefferson Avenue will be one-way heading away from the river.

The contractor, B&K Construction, will cease construction for the year on Dec. 20 and resume in January, the release states.

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