The Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, is now more than 80 percent complete constructing a road and infrastructure improvement project on Cherokee Street between Benjamin and Pearl streets.
The project in the Black Pearl neighborhood was designed by Professional Engineering Consultants Corp. and is being built by Fleming Construction Co.
Construction crews have been installing rain gardens and bio swales. The majority of the pervious (allows water to move through) parking lanes have been installed across the length of the project.
Crews are also rehabilitating damaged sidewalks in poor condition on both sides of the project limits. An additional layer of asphalt will be placed later this month.
The project scope of work includes replacing existing water lines and installing new sub-drainage lines; repairing damaged sewer lines; repaving portions of the roadway in asphalt; installing rain gardens and a pervious parking lane to reduce subsidence and detain storm water; and replacing damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons. Curb ramps also will be installed at intersections to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The landscaping is being completed now, the city reported in early March.