Also Begins Youth Study Streets Project
NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City and State officials, and community stakeholders to break ground on the $11.8 million Fleur De Lis Drive road construction project. Fleur De Lis Drive, along with much of the infrastructure in New Orleans, was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The construction will stretch from Old Hammond Highway to 30th Street. The City will also begin a $2.4 million road construction project near the Youth Study Center in the St. Bernard neighborhood today.
“By improving the city’s infrastructure we are taking significant steps to better position our city for the future,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Fixing our aging infrastructure isn’t just a top priority, it’s absolutely essential to the long-term economic growth and sustainability of New Orleans.”
The Fleur De Lis Drive road construction project will include replacement of damaged underground water, sewer and drainage lines, repaving the roadway in concrete, replacing damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons, and installing American with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections.
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson said, “The ground breaking of the Fleur De Lis project is a shining example of what collaboration and funding between government entities can do to enhance quality of life in our communities through infrastructure. DOTD looks forward to continue to work with local government all over this state to enhance infrastructure and communities.”
Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant said, “The Fleur De Lis Drive construction project has been highly anticipated for many years. These infrastructure improvements are an important step toward enriching the Lakeview neighborhood and our city as a whole.”
Lakeview Civic Improvement Association President Michelle Douglas said, “As President of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and a resident of West Lakeview, I am so grateful to the Mayor and city officials for beginning Phase III of the Fleur de Lis Drive construction project. I know that many hours of planning have already been put forth, and today we will begin to see the physical work. We deeply appreciate the benefits this will have for our families and our quality of life. We welcome the construction! We welcome the groundbreaking!”
The Fleur De Lis Drive road construction project was designed by GEC, Inc. and is being constructed by Command Construction. Funding for this $11.8 million project comes from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Regional Planning Commission and the City of New Orleans. Construction on Fleur De Lis Drive is anticipated to be complete in spring 2018.
During construction, residents can expect to experience temporary impacts such as limited access to areas within the construction zone, movement of heavy equipment and elevated noise levels. Residents are urged to pay attention to construction safety signage and remain outside of designated construction areas. The City and its contractor will minimize impacts and keep residents well informed of construction activities.
Youth Study Streets Project
Happening just over 2.5 miles away, the Youth Study Streets project will include replacement of damaged underground waterlines, replacing the top layer of asphalt roadway pavement, replacing damaged sidewalks and Installing American with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps. The project limits are on Davey Street, from Harrison Avenue to Milton Street; on Milton Street, from Davey to Cadillac Streets; on Cadillac Street, from Harrison Avenue to Sere Street; and on Encampment Street from Milton to Sere Streets.
The Youth Study Streets project was designed by ECM Consultant, Inc. and is being constructed by Dieudonne Enterprises. Funding for this $2.4 million project comes from the Disaster Community Development Block Grant (D-CDBG).
For more information about The Fleur De Lis Drive, the Youth Study Streets road construction projects or the Capital Improvement Program, please visit: roadwork.nola.gov.