NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans will begin a $4.3 million full-depth reconstruction (replacement of the roadway and underground utilities) project beginning at 8 a.m., weather permitting. Hard Rock Construction LLC crews will repair a drainage line at Bourbon and Conti streets and then install fencing around the 700 block of Conti Street roadway between Bourbon and Royal streets on Wednesday to close the block to vehicular traffic. While public safety is our priority, all businesses will remain open and accessible throughout construction.
“We are very excited to begin this much-needed project and to improve upon the great work that was done with the Bourbon Phase 2 project,” said Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure Ramsey Green. “We are upsizing the drainage, rehabilitating the sewer system, and improving the overall quality of life with new, smooth pavement. And we are approaching this project with safety, accessibility, and comfort in mind. As we continue, we look forward to learning from both residents and businesses alike to ensure our work enhances the beauty of the French Quarter and creates an overall healthier environment.”
“Each shared infrastructure project like this that replaces our city’s water and sewer lines is a step in the right direction to remedy our aging systems,” said Ghassan Korban Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. “As always, we are a proud partner of the City of New Orleans and the Department of Public Works.”
Hard Rock crews will continue with a seven-day work week from 8 a.m. until sunset each day. Once construction is completed in the 700 block of Conti roadway (anticipated in June 2021), the fence will be removed, and work will begin on sidewalks. When all construction has been completed in the 700 block and Entergy Gas/Entergy Electric crews have wrapped up their upgrades in the 600 block of Conti Street, Hard Rock crews will shift their operations into the 600 block roadway Royal and Chartres streets.
- Full Roadway Closure: 700 block of Conti Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 15 and remain closed through the duration of construction on this block. Commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Royal Street.
- Workday Closure: 600 block of Conti Street will be intermittently closed to vehicular traffic daily while Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric crews are upgrading their utilities. Intermittent closures will continue through the duration of the project. During the day, commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Decatur Street. The 600 block will reopen to vehicular traffic each night.
- Temporary Closure: 300 block of Chartres Street will be closed to vehicular traffic daily while Entergy Electric crews perform work at the intersection of Conti and Chartres streets. During the day, commuters are advised to detour from Bienville Street onto Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Decatur Street. The 300 block will reopen to vehicular traffic each night.
- Future Intersection Closure: At some point during the project, the intersection of Royal and Conti streets will be closed to accomodate utility upgrades. A traffic advisory will be sent ahead of that closure.