Starting Monday, drivers attempting to pass through Magazine Street’s intersection with Jefferson Avenue will be guided by a “phased” signal that alternates between Uptown and Downtown-bound traffic, the Sewerage & Water Board announced.
Traffic lanes will be shifted on Magazine Street at Louisiana Avenue for much of the remainder of the week as a new water line is installed in preparation for the major drainage canal construction on the corridor, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans said.
When construction is finished on the major section of Napoleon Avenue from South Claiborne to near St. Charles Avenue — expected by the end of the year — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a walking path down the center of the neutral ground similar to that in Broadmoor, but to narrow the neutral ground by nine feet to make room for new bike lanes in the street in each direction.
The project to improve the sidewalks around Coliseum Square and the International School of Louisiana — halted by the unexpected discovery of 1880s-era drainage canals underneath them — will now fall under a federally-mandated review by the state office of historic preservation, officials confirmed.
Motorists on Louisiana Avenue will be detoured around St. Charles Avenue all day today (Tuesday, June 23) for repairs to a sewer line underneath the intersection, according to an emergency traffic advisory from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
A block of Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District will be closed over the weekend for utility work, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
A block of Prytania Street will be restricted to a single lane of traffic for two weeks for underground repairs and repaving, officials with the city of New Orleans said, just two blocks down from another section slated to be closed for at least six more weeks.
A total of 74 plaintiffs have now joined the lawsuit alleging that their homes have been damaged by construction of new drainage canals under major thoroughfares through Uptown New Orleans, but their attorney says the costs of repairing these houses is already built into the project and won’t increase the costs for the Sewerage & Water Board.
Acknowledging the unpredictable maze of utility work and road closures that Uptown New Orleans has become, Entergy officials say their major upcoming project to replace transmission lines along Leake Avenue, Magazine and Annunciation streets will only require the streets to be shut down for hours at a time — not the days, weeks or months associated with other projects — and power is not expected to be shut off to any individual homes.
The block of Prytania Street between Milan and Marengo that closed in March for underground repairs will remain inaccessible to all vehicular traffic for another eight weeks while Entergy relocates gas lines there, New Orleans officials announced.
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.
Streetcar service through the Uptown area will be interrupted in three phases over the summer in order to accommodate the SELA drainage project, RTA officials told Carrollton residents on Monday night.
In the film Cool Hand Luke, a prison guard slaps the protagonist, played by Paul Neuman, into solitary.
“Sorry, Luke,” the guard explains. “I’m just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.”
Luke responds laconically: “Nah – calling it your job don’t make it right, Boss.”
The phrase “just doing my job” has always been used to cover a multitude of sins. Indeed, when a man feebly attempts justify anything with those words, it’s almost dead-certain that he’s covering up for his own peccadilloes.
New Orleans, sadly, is full of these types.
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.
A 50-year-old man died following a crash Sunday morning on Toledano Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, New Orleans police said.
There’s an old episode of “The Simpsons” where Marge is mugged and the police are useless to catch the perpetrator. Nevertheless, Marge conquers her own fear and anxiety, managing to capture the guy who did it single-handedly.
Police Chief Wiggum arrives at the scene and proceeds to lecture the gathering crowd. “She caught her own criminal, unlike the rest of you lazy bones.”
The crowd begins to look down sheepishly. “You’re not gonna find those criminals looking at your feet, people,” Chief Wiggum chastises.