Traffic Alert – French Quarter Street/Sidewalk Repairs to Begin

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Automobile and pedestrian traffic will be impacted in the near future as the refurbishment of streets and sidewalks there is set to begin in earnest. On July 11th, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) hosted a Paths to Progress groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of repairs to ten street segments in the French Quarter. The ceremony was held at the Old U.S. Mint.

The repairs to the French Quarter roadways are the largest investment of improvements to the area since the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair. The improvements are being made at an investment of more

than $2 million from the City of New Orleans with the remaining funds as a combined investment from the Regional Planning Commission and DOTD.

Construction is proposed to begin Monday, July 16 and to be complete in December 2012. The projects were awarded to Plus Concrete, Inc. The projects include resurfacing, repairing curbs and installing ADA-compliant accessible ramps and blue and white street name tiles at project corners.

Motorists and pedestrians should take note that traffic could be impacted throughout the day. The following street segments are included for repair:

  • Burgundy St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)
  • Dauphine St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)
  • Esplanade Ave. (N. Peters St. – N. Rampart St)
  • Toulouse St. (Decatur St. – Dauphine St.)
  • Toulouse St. (Dauphine St. – N. Rampart St.)
  • Saint Louis St. (Decatur St. – Dauphine St.)
  • Saint Louis St. (Dauphine St. – N. Rampart St.)
  • Decatur St. (Saint Louis St. – Dumaine St.)
  • N. Peters St. (Canal St. – Saint Louis St.)
  • Royal St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)

These improvements will benefit residents and business owners, and the exciting events bringing tourists from across the nation to New Orleans, including the Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Paths to Progress is a transportation improvement program to rehabilitate, restore and enhance more than 60 roadway segments in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. With a combined investment of over

$90 million, Paths to Progress is a collaborative effort between the Federal Highway Administration, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, New Orleans Regional Planning

Commission and City of New Orleans.

If you have received a traffic ticket or moving violation in the Greater New Orleans Area, call the lawfirm of Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias today at 504-680-4303 for a free case evaluation. Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys are available to provide you with the help you need when determining what to do after you’ve received a ticket.

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile