Magazine Street construction begins

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Walter Brooks, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission Executive Director, Robert Mendoza, New Orleans Public Works Director, Walt Leger III, State Representative, Roy J. Quezaire, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Legislative Liaison, Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant and State Representative Neil Abramson on 8th and Magazine St. at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Magazine Street Project Wednesday morning. (Sabree Hill,

The resurfacing and repair project that will span most of Magazine Street this year got its official start Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony in front of Cafe Rani attended by a host of city and state officials.

As part of South Louisiana Submerged Roads program, the state Department of Transportation and Development will repair and resurface Magazine Street from U.S. 90B to Nashville Avenue. The $6.7 million project consists of patching, resurfacing, repairing curbs and installing handicap ramps. Water drain pipe repairs and other miscellaneous work will occur at some locations.

Roy J. Quezaire, Legislative Liaison of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development speaks about the Magzine Street project at the ground breaking ceremony at Cafe Rani Wednesday morning. "Magazine St is important to the continued economic growth and development of the city of New Orleans. We are glad to do our part to help make this "street of dreams" even more of a reality for local residents and tourists," said Quezaire.

“Because Magazine Street has increasingly gained popularity, both domestically and internationally, as one of the must-see places in New Orleans, this project couldn’t be more appropriate in the continuing effort to — as Mayor Landrieu has stated before — create a better New Orleans,” said Roy J. Quezaire, legislative liaison of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Work on the project will be broken down into three segments:

Zone 3: St. Andrew to US 90B is beginning now and will be complete by Mardi Gras.
Zone 2: Napoleon to St. Andrew will begin after Mardi Grase and will continue through summer 2011.
Zone 1: Nashville to Napoleon will begin in summer 2011 and continue until fall 2011.

The project will be completed before Thanksgiving, so holiday shopping will not be impacted, according to Quezaire.

Cars pass by construction for the Magazine St. project at Magazine St. and Terpsichore St. Wednesday morning. (Sabree Hill,

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  1. I am glad to be resurfacing Magazine St., would be nice if we could be forward thinking enough to get underground utilities. But, I am concerned about the giant pilates building across the street from Whole Foods. No allowance has been made for parking. Who approved this large structure? It blocks out all the other small businesses in that vicinity. There is no way Magazine street can handle the increased traffic. I know no one wants a parking lot, but, neither did the folks SOB in Charleston when we lived there. (South of Broad). However, they got one on East and another on King street and I don’t think anyone would want to go back to the nightmare of parking they used to have.

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