Remaining Jefferson Avenue trees to be cleared from Claiborne to Danneel

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The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The remaining trees along Jefferson Avenue between South Claiborne and Danneel will be removed starting this week. (UptownMessenger.com file photo from April 2013)

The trees remaining in the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground between South Claiborne Avenue and Danneel Street will be removed starting today (Monday, Aug. 26) in preparation for the installation of a major new underground drainage canal, authorities said.

The trees along the neutral ground from Danneel to Magazine were removed this spring as that phase of the project began. The neutral ground itself will be also temporarily removed, and Jefferson Avenue will become one-way with only the northbound lane open for much of the project, authorities have said.

The large palms along the central section of Jefferson Avenue are home to a colony of monk parakeets, some of which have been displaced to the football-field lights at the Isidore Newman School.

The neutral ground and the landscaping will be replaced at the conclusion of the canal-installation project, currently scheduled for 2017.

For details, see the full news release from the Sewerage and Water Board:

The Sewerage and Water Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are announcing that beginning August 26, 2013 crews will begin clearing trees and shrubs from Jefferson Avenue in Uptown New Orleans.

This pre-construction activity of tree and shrub removal will last approximately two weeks and is part of the SELA Jefferson Avenue Phase I project that is scheduled to begin next month. A licensed arborist will remove from the neutral ground area all trees and shrubs on Jefferson Avenue between S. Claiborne and Danneel Street. Necessary tree removal actions have been coordinated with the Corps’ partner, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, as well as the City of New Orleans’ Parks and Parkways department. Soon after the project is completed in the fall of 2017, landscaping will be restored in this area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District recently awarded a 50-month contract to B&K Construction Co. for increased drainage along Jefferson Ave. in Orleans Parish. The contract, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Project (SELA), will reduce the risk of damages from a 10-year rainfall event. A 10-year event is a rain storm that has a 10 percent chance of happening in a given year and equates to approximately nine inches of rain over a 24-hour period for our area.

The $52 million contract calls for constructing approximately 3,000 feet of underground drainage canal and required sewer and water line relocations along Jefferson Ave. from S. Claiborne Ave to Dryades St.

The contract includes a traffic control plan fully coordinated with the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works (DPW). Traffic will be maintained on Jefferson Avenue for the most part, with southbound traffic detouring to Nashville Avenue for canal construction and northbound traffic remaining on Jefferson Ave. Any modifications to the plan will be done in coordination with the City of New Orleans DPW.

3 thoughts on “Remaining Jefferson Avenue trees to be cleared from Claiborne to Danneel

    • They could.

      Just like they could have saved all the other Palms and especially fully-grown oak trees they’ve bull-dozed and cut up.

      They could have cheaply transplanted them to other locations where trees have been lost to similar projects or downed in storms.

      And, of course they could have done this far more cheaply than purchasing replacement trees.

      But, alas, nobody in city hall, especially in the council side, seems to care about such things.

      I’m sure guidry’s response will be something along the lines of her not knowing trees could be transplanted, or that they have roots, or are alive, or are things….

      • I looked into it – city was ok with it – the core was open to the idea – estimate was $20,000 to move a palm to another location by truck with high risk of the tree not living. If there is fracture at base while moving in a horizontal position to put on a truck the tree dies – also not that resilient to transplant so may not survive anyway. May have been worth the risk to move across street keeping it vertical the whole time but I don’t live even close.

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