Property owners near the construction of major new drainage canals across Uptown New Orleans are asking a judge to intervene in the management of the project contracts, seeking an end to the interminable delays, they announced Friday morning.
A number of road closures and low water-pressure advisories have been issued this week for the areas around the drainage canal projects on Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson Avenues, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
By Charlotte Gill
There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season.
Several blocks of the river-bound side of Broadway Street in the university area will close this weekend so that workers can begin repaving there, in anticipation of bad weather next week, the Sewerage & Water Board announced.
Pavement restoration will begin 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday in the riverbound lanes of Broadway from Willow to Plum streets, as well was from Green to Birch, according to the S&WB announcement. The final roadway restoration is scheduled to take place Monday morning, the announcement states.
“Contractors working for the Sewerage and Water Board will perform surface restorations to last week’s water line repairs,” the announcement states. “Remaining work includes street surface removal and asphalt overlay. Full lane closures on the riverbound side of Broadway Street will expedite the restoration process in anticipation of inclement weather next week.”
Camp Street near Jefferson Avenue will close this week through the end of the year as part of the ongoing installation of a drainage canal there, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 14, five blocks of Camp Street will be converted to one-way configuration for a six-month trial period, New Orleans city officials announced.
Entergy’s ongoing upgrades of its Uptown transmission lines will move from Leake Street onto Monroe and Plum streets Monday, the utility announced.
After public outcry over proposed changes to the configuration of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans city officials announced Thursday that the road will keep two lanes of traffic in each direction, with a bike lane and parking lane on each side, and a walking path down the center of the neutral ground after drainage-canal construction concludes next year.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, say that construction is still proceeding, and that they hope the February completion date is the last delay that segment of the project experiences.
Navigating traffic may become a little easier for Uptown residents on Monday when parts of Arabella Street temporarily become one-way, as part of a six-month trial enacted by the City of New Orleans.
Traffic on St. Charles Avenue will be moved into the parking lane on the block between Calhoun Street and Palmer Avenue early next week for road repairs, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.
With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor.
The Entergy New Orleans project to replace transmission lines that bring electricity from a new plant on the West Bank into the Uptown area of New Orleans will move on to General Pershing Street this week, according to Entergy officials.
Last week I was running to grab a take-out order from a nearby tavern, and the only parking nearby was metered. This meant confronting one of the city’s new solar-powered parking meters. After hiking more than a half block to reach the nearest meter (it was not positioned ideally), I fumbled in my pocket for money to feed the proverbial beast.
“Fortunately, I have change,” I thought to myself. “A couple of quarters should do the trick.”
First, I pressed the keypad to activate the meter. It took a few seconds for the thing to power up, because apparently these meters boot from floppy discs. Then the screen told me to swipe a card or insert bills. For some reason, there was no option for inserting coins.
A power line was knocked down, and several vehicles and a house were heavily damaged after a crash late Friday night on Tchoupitoulas Street, and more than 1,700 Uptown addresses were left without power afterward.
More than 100 homes and businesses around Delachaise Street will lose power Wednesday as part of ongoing work related to the construction of the nearby drainage canals, Entergy officials said.
Calhoun Street from Loyola Avenue to Willow Street will remain closed to traffic for much of Wednesday as work continues on an underground water line, according to a news release from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.
The City of New Orleans is sending a message, loud and clear: Free public parking lots? You’ve had a good run, but your days are over.
I worked in the CBD a few years back, and initially I opted to utilize the free parking underneath the U.S. 90/Pontchartrain Expessway overpass. Although homeless people tended to congregate in the area nearest to the New Orleans Mission, the area further down by St. Charles Avenue tended to be wide open.