A $15.1 million roadwork project is scheduled to begin today (Monday, April 6) in Hollygrove and Lenonidas, the Mayor’s Office announced. It’s part of a massive capital improvement program for the roads and drainage systems that the city is under a deadline to complete.
The $2.2 billion citywide infrastructure program, with more than 200 individual projects, is financed through FEMA, Housing and Urban Development, the Sewerage & Water Board and city bonds. The federal funding has a time limit, city officials say. The infrastructure program is scheduled to be completed by 2023.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered the work to continue during the coronavirus shutdowns. “Continuing our infrastructure work during this trying time for our city is absolutely essential,” Cantrell said in a written statement. “Public safety is always our priority — with hurricane season on the horizon as well as deadlines for our FEMA and HUD dollars — we must push forward for as long as we safely and responsibly can.”