Traffic Alert – Loyola Avenue Street Closed

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Traffic in downtown New Orleans will be a bit more congested through the end of May as Loyola Avenue from Poydras Street to Canal Street including Elk Street, will be closed to automobile traffic in order to accommodate construction of the planned Loyola Avenue streetcar line. The traffic detours will be in effect for nearly 45 days.

Only local access will be allowed on the river side of Loyola from Perdido Street to Tulane Avenue, and on the lake side of Elk Place from Tulane to Canal. The river side of Elk Place between Tulane and Canal was closed on April 9 for construction work on subsurface utilities and will continue to be closed.

The $45 million streetcar project will connect Union Passenger Terminal and Canal Street. The 1.5 mile line will eventually run all the way from the Union Passenger Terminal to Canal Street.

The UPT to Canal Street Rail Expansion Project, which will add 0.8 miles of new rail to the Canal Streetcar Line, will include ten new transit shelters and passenger platforms along Loyola Avenue and will also provide utility relocation and other improvements to the corridor.

For the next 45 days, service lanes will be provided for local access only from Perdido Street to Tulane Avenue on the riverside of Loyola Avenue, and from Tulane Avenue to Canal Street on the lakeside of Elk Place.

Bus routes 28 M.L. King, 39 Tulane, 51/52 St. Bernard, 57 Franklin, 62 Morrison, 63 New Orleans East Owl, 64 Lake Forest Express, 84 Galvez, 88 St. Claude, 100 Algiers Owl, 101 Algiers Loop, 102 General Meyer and 114/115 General DeGaulle will continue to be rerouted. The bus schedule and route information available on Google Maps.

If you or anyone you know has received a traffic ticket, call Harmon Smith & Vourvoulias today at 504-717-2093 for your free case evaluation. Our experienced traffic ticket lawyers are available to give you the help you need to protect your rights.

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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