NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in Lafayette Square today to celebrate the start of construction on 10 streets in the Central Business District as part of the South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program.
The roads being repaired are: Poydras Street from Carondelet Street to Camp Street, LaSalle Street from Poydras Street to Tulane Avenue, Gravier Street from Loyola Avenue to South Peters Street, Common Street from Loyola Avenue to South Peters Street, Girod Street from Loyola Avenue to South Peters Street, Magazine Street from Canal Street to U.S. 90, Camp Street from Canal Street to U.S. 90, St. Charles Avenue from Canal Street to U.S. 90, Carondelet Street from Canal Street to U.S. 90, Loyola Avenue from Canal Street to U.S. 90 and Poydras Street from LaSalle Street to Loyola Avenue.
The work includes resurfacing the roadway, replacing damaged concrete, repairing curbs and installing new handicap ramps at intersections. Boh Bros. Construction Co. is the contractor for the $14.9 million project, which is estimated to be complete in fall 2010.
"In addition to repairing and resurfacing many streets in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes through the Submerged Roads Program, DOTD is proud to partner with the Department of Public Works and Regional Planning Commission in an important effort to transition New Orleans into a more bicycle-friendly city. Approximately $10 million in Transportation Enhancement Funding from the stimulus bill will be used to provide 13 miles of new bicycle facilities in Gentilly, Carollton and the Central Business District," said DOTD Deputy Secretary Sherri LeBas.
Seven of the 10 streets being repaired in the Central Business District will receive additional enhancements as a result of stimulus funding. These enhancements include sidewalk improvements, bike lanes and landscaping.
The South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program is 100-percent funded through the Emergency Relief Program of the Federal Highway Administration. The program includes more than 50 street projects in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes with an investment of more than $100 million.
For more information regarding the South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program, please visit www.pavinglaroads.com or call the public information line at 1-800-574-7193.