The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works issued the following status update on July 9, 2015.
The Department of Public Works construction contractor, Durr Heavy Construction, has completed placement of the asphalt portion of the Lafitte Greenway bicycle and pedestrian path in Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5. The path in Area 1 is 85% complete. The concrete path in Area 6 is complete. The contractor has completed installing all trail lighting except within the N. Broad St. median. The contractor will install wiring for the trail lighting in July. Lights are being tested as the wiring is completed.
The overall project is about 96% complete and scheduled to be fully open to the public in summer 2015. This schedule is weather dependent.
The contractor has installed 90% of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs). The new pedestrian-activated flashing beacon systems are currently being tested and adjusted. Please continue using pre-project crosswalks at this time, as the new beacons are not yet fully operational.
The contractor is scheduled to complete pavement markings and signage by the end of July, pending weather.
Tree planting is 75% complete project-wide. The spring planting season has ended and remaining trees will be planted in late October and November. Landscaping work will continue through July.
Area 1 (N. Alexander St. to N. Carrollton Ave.): Concrete work is substantially complete. DPW has converted St. Louis St. between N. Carrollton Ave. and N. Solomon St. to one-way lakebound operation. Please obey the new one-way signage.
Area 2 (N. Carrollton Ave. to N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy): All work is substantially complete.
Area 3 (N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy to N. Broad St.): The Jefferson Davis intersection asphalt is 90% complete, with some curb work and additional asphalt patching remaining. Workers have removed the abandoned railroad tracks. Please note the N. Lopez St. pedestrian bridge is now closed pending the planned future construction of a replacement bridge. Please use alternate routes.
Area 4 (N. Broad St. to N. Galvez St.): After a delay for striping adjustments, workers will mobilize this month to begin widening the N Broad St median between St. Louis St and Lafitte Ave. This follows the Broad-Lafitte Streetscape project’s reduction of lanes on N Broad St from 3 lanes in each direction to 2 lanes in each direction and addition of designated bike lanes. The N. Rocheblave St. pedestrian path will remain closed for the duration of construction in Area 4. Workers have begun construction on the new, paved N. Rocheblave St. walk. Please use N. Galvez, N. Dorgenois, or N. Broad streets during construction and avoid entering the construction site.
Area 5 (N. Galvez St. to N. Claiborne Ave.): Work at the N. Prieur St. crossing is substantially complete. N. Prieur St. is now open to vehicular traffic, although that is subject to change based on construction activity. Please use caution when crossing the Lafitte Greenway, and watch out for construction materials which may be stockpiled in the parking lanes. Please do not park on N. Prieur St. within the Greenway footprint until the project is complete. The contractor will begin placing the Carondelet Walk crushed stone walking path during the first week of July, with scheduled completion by the end of July. The Carondelet walk will run along Lafitte Ave between N. Claiborne Ave. and N. Galvez St.
Area 6 (N. Claiborne Ave. to Basin St.): Durr Heavy Construction continues work in the City-owned parking lot to prepare the pavement for the asphalt path.
The Broad and Lafitte Streetscape project, which connects to the Lafitte Greenway at Broad St., is also currently under construction. Crews have framed the new sidewalks and are scheduled to pour concrete for the new sidewalks this week. Additionally, the project to re-pave St. Louis St. between N. Broad St. and N. Claiborne Ave. is well underway. Crews are currently framing and pouring sidewalks adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway. Completion of these projects will coincide with opening of the Lafitte Greenway.
Please use caution when driving, bicycling or walking near active construction sites. Traffic cones, construction fencing and safety signage are in place to keep everyone safe. Please respect the signage and fencing - do not enter active construction sites.
Thank you for your continued patience.
Cheryn Robles, APR
Community Outreach Manager
Department of Public Works
New Orleans City Hall
1300 Perdido Street | Rm 6w03 | New Orleans, LA 70112