NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by New Orleans City Councilmember for District D Eugene Green, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure Joseph Threat, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) Project Administrator Mark Van Hala, and community leaders to celebrate the completion of the $7.1 million Milneburg Group B roadway construction project.
“The completion of this project reassures our residents that the City of New Orleans remains focused on infrastructure improvements,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Our city is on the front lines of climate change, and we will continue utilizing every single dollar leveraged through our partnership with the federal government to ensure that these improvements create a system that works toward mitigating flooding in our neighborhoods.”
Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Milneburg Group B project was designed to completely restore and reconstruct 14 street blocks and adjacent sidewalks, repair or replace sewerage, water and drainage lines, and rehabilitate curbs to American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
“I am so proud that the federal government is showing up to repave the Milneburg roadway from curb to curb,” said Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. “This $7 million FEMA investment will not only beautify and increase accessibility in our community, but most importantly, it will replace our old or damaged underground water, sewer and drainage lines — strengthening this area’s core infrastructure for years to come.”
“It is good to celebrate another total street rehabilitation in the City of New Orleans and District D,” said Councilman Green. “Citizens have asked for streets that facilitate the ease of transportation and help reduce environmental concerns and flooding. The City of New Orleans is committed to the long-term rehabilitation of its infrastructure. As the city continues to grow, it is important that we remain focused on delivering the very best outcomes for our people which is what our citizens deserve. My office is looking forward to continuing to work in collaboration with the Cantrell Administration, the Department of Public Works, and Sewerage & Water Board on projects that enhance the quality of life in New Orleans.”
“As always, we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with this administration in cutting ribbon on the Milneburg Group B project,” said Van Hala. “The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans invested slightly more than $2.3 million for infrastructure resiliency and reliability, including 14 blocks of water and nine blocks of replacement sewer lines. We applaud this administration for restoring and rebuilding 14 blocks of our Milneburg neighborhood. And we are honored to serve alongside Mayor Cantrell and the Department of Public Works as they lead New Orleans into a more resilient future.”
The City began construction on the Milneburg Group B improvement project in November 2020 as a part of the City’s Joint Infrastructure Recovery Response (JIRR) Program coordinated in conjunction with the SWBNO. Currently, there are 55 active projects underway across the city valued at $593 million. Additionally, there are 10 active projects under construction in City Council District D valued at $139 million.