NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by Department of Public Works Acting Director Josh Hartley, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) Executive Director Ghassan Korban and community leaders to celebrate the completion of the $5.6 million Filmore South Group B Roadway Project.
“There is an unprecedented amount of infrastructure work happening across our city, including what we are highlighting in the Filmore community today. This project will work in conjunction with 10 additional projects underway in District D to address flood mitigation challenges and provide a more efficient system to hold rainwater throughout this community,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Improving and enhancing our infrastructure remains a priority for the City of New Orleans, and I continue to thank our residents for their patience and for communicating with us when critical solutions are needed to make our city the best possible place to live and thrive.”
Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the SWBNO, the Filmore South Group B project was designed to completely restore and reconstruct six street blocks and adjacent sidewalks, repair or replace sewerage, water and drainage lines and rehabilitate curbs to American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
“We are excited to reach the conclusion of another critical infrastructure project in the Filmore South neighborhood,” said Hartley. “Projects like this not only enhance the quality of life for residents but also serve as a strong indicator of progress ahead. I would like to thank the entire project team for all their work – both behind the scenes and on the ground – to get this project completed.”
“We are proud to join this administration in celebrating the completion of this reconstruction project in our Filmore neighborhood,” said Korban. “These Joint Infrastructure Recovery Request (JIRR) Program efforts are a prime example of our commitment to infrastructure resilience and reliability.”
SWBNO invested $1.4 million for infrastructure resiliency and reliability, including six blocks of Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funded sewer work.
“I am pleased to see the City of New Orleans continue to replace antiquated sewer lines, damaged streets and sidewalks with modern and sustainable infrastructure,” said District D Coucilmember Eugene Green. “Our citizens deserve to have a well-functioning and non-wasteful sewer system, along with easily navigable roads and sidewalks. I commend the Sewerage & Waterboard, Beverly Construction Company, the design team at Volkert, Inc., and the Cantrell administration for putting first the long-term plan to enhance the quality of our streets and flood control system.”
The City began construction on the Filmore South Group B improvement project in September 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 valued at $139 million and 15 projects in the bid and award phase valued at $137 million located in City Council District D. Since 2018, 26 projects valued at $116 million have competed in District D.