May 262015
 
The section in yellow is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. (map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The section in yellow is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. (map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Contractors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to finish the first major leg of the massive ongoing series Uptown drainage projects — the section of Napoleon Avenue between South Claiborne and Carondelet — by the end of the year, officials said, providing some measure of relief and hope to drivers weary of years of avoiding so many major thoroughfares. Continue reading »

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May 182015
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

The two City Council members representing Uptown New Orleans — Susan Guidry in District A, and LaToya Cantrell in District B — will each meet with residents this week alongside representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies as major road and drainage construction projects continue around the area. Continue reading »

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May 162015
 

A project to repair sidewalks on Coliseum Square near the International School of Louisiana accidentally punctured a still-functioning drainage canal dating back to the 1880s, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV. The city is now working on a plan to repair the canal and complete the sidewalk project without damaging the nearby oak trees, Capo reports, though neighbors are worried about the unfinished construction site left so close to a school.

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May 152015
 
Cars wait to pass through the newly-reopened intersection of Freret and Jefferson on Friday afternoon, shortly after barriers were removed. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars wait to pass through the newly-reopened intersection of Freret and Jefferson on Friday afternoon, shortly after barriers were removed. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ending the apparent blockade of the Freret commercial corridor, contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed the barricades from the Jefferson Avenue intersection with Freret on Friday and reopened the street to two-way traffic. Continue reading »

May 142015
 
Tall tarps line both sides of Prytania Street, seen from Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction closes Prytania Street at Nashville Avenue, photographed in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A group of Uptown property owners — three families to start, but expected to number in the hundreds as the case grows — filed suit this week against the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, seeking compensation for damage to their homes from proximity to the installation of major new drainage canals along some of Uptown’s largest thoroughfares, their attorney said. Continue reading »

Mar 142015
 

McClure's Barbecue on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

McClure’s Barbecue on Magazine Street (via Facebook)

McClure’s Barbecue will open another location in NOLA Brewing’s new taproom this spring; the menu of Adolfo Garcia’s new Primitivo restaurant on 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will feature what an open fire grill can cook and will open after Lent, and the former Boucherie space on 8115 Jeannette Street will open with a new restaurant called Bourrée at Boucherie. Continue reading »

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Feb 252015
 
Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mardi Gras beads hang on the chain-link fence in front of the tall black tarp, an effort to bring some life back to the otherwise bleak view. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lined with tall black tarps billowing over chain link fences, what was once Prytania Street between Octavia and Nashville now looks like a discarded set from an old episode of the X-Files. Gray mud seeps from under the fence, and strange sounds emanate from behind the tarps, but it is anyone’s guess what could actually be taking place back there. Continue reading »

Feb 242015
 
A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A slide presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night explaining timetables for work on Prytania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two-story black tarps around the drainage-canal construction site on Prytania Street in Uptown New Orleans create dark tunnels that residents must walk through after parking blocks from their home, creating a scenario so unbearable that neighbors begged officials Tuesday night to drop the project altogether and simply leave.

While abandoning the Prytania Street leg of the SELA project is not an option, officials with the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers promised that the work is now speeding up, with relief for residents in store in the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Freret Street will be closed between Marengo and Delachaise streets for a week. (map via Google)

Freret Street will be closed between Marengo and Delachaise streets for a week. (map via Google)

A four-block stretch of Freret Street in the Milan neighborhood will be reduced to a single lane of traffic for a week while the road is replaced by the Sewerage and Water Board, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Oct 012014
 
Possible options for the Napoleon Avenue landscaping. (UptownMessenger.com)

Possible options for the Napoleon Avenue landscaping. (UptownMessenger.com)

As contractors have begun digging deep underneath South Claiborne, Jefferson, Napoleon and now Louisiana avenues to install new drainage ditches, Uptown New Orleans residents have asked pointed questions prior to each project about what the neutral ground will look like when the projects are finally done over the next three years.

On Tuesday night, those residents got their first look at possible answers, including a continuation of the walking path down Napoleon Avenue, public art installations on South Claiborne, tall palms restored to Jefferson Avenue and a variety of landscaping options on Louisiana. For many, however, those answers led to more questions — such as whether the projects will incorporate ideas from the city’s new water-management strategy, which plants could be harmful to traffic visibility in certain locations, and how the canopies over the avenues will look with the finished projects. Continue reading »

Sep 182014
 
A map of the Southeastern Louisiana Urban Flood Control now shows the final leg on Louisiana Avenue as "under construction." (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the Southeastern Louisiana Urban Flood Control now shows the final leg on Louisiana Avenue as “under construction.” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

If you like navigating around the drainage projects on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — or if, more likely, you don’t — get ready: Louisiana Avenue is next.

The $82.6 million installation of a box canal on Louisiana Avenue from South Claiborne to Constance Street — a sister project of sorts to similar efforts on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues — got its official start back in the summer, when Boh Brothers was chosen as the contractor, said Sewerage and Water Board superintendent Joe Becker before an audience of nearby residents at the Lyons Center on Thursday night. But after site surveying and other preparations, neighbors will begin to see the beginnings of the work on the ground in the weeks to come, as workers begin trimming trees and starting construction near Clara Street. Continue reading »

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