Mar 052013
 

Rendering provided by DOTD at a public meeting last summer

Improvements to the Tulane Avenue corridor to the tune of $10 million will likely begin next year in an area already seeing commercial growth, according to Regional Planning Commission officials.

“The project will significantly improve visual quality along the corridor and will enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety,” wrote Walter Brooks, executive director of the Regional Planning Commission, which oversees multiple parishes, including Orleans Parish.

The proposed changes include reducing traffic lanes from six nine-foot lanes to four eleven-foot lanes to make room for improvements. Though the number of traffic lanes will be reduced, the new lanes will be wider and the neutral ground will also expand to 15 feet, allowing for protected left turn lanes at select intersections, Brooks wrote.

The construction will take place between South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue.

Brooks said the project is a collaboration between the Department of Transportation and Development and the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.

Brooks noted the draft environmental document is currently under review by DOTD. After the environmental process, a final public meeting will likely be held in late spring, wrote Brooks.

Brooks said the project will enhance both pedestrian and bicycle safety along Tulane Avenue, noting the new layout also includes designated bike lanes in both directions. Curb bump-outs will help protect pedestrians at major intersections wrote Brooks.

“Providing transportation choices is essential for our transportation network to be an effective asset for the growth of our local economy,” said Jamie Wine, executive director of Bike Easy, a bicycle-advocacy organization in New Orleans. Wine said his organization hopes for separated bike lanes on Tulane Avenue, as they are the safest for bikers.

Brooks wrote after the public meeting, the process will be turned over to the DOTD. After final engineering and design work through DOTD, construction should begin in 2014, he added.

The Tulane Avenue corridor is already seeing business growth. The new Veterans Affairs campus sits along several blocks of Tulane Avenue, the facility is set to open in 2016.

Closer to Carrollton Avenue, Trèo, a craft cocktail lounge, is set to open this summer on Tulane Avenue.

  11 Responses to “Tulane Avenue corridor will see $10 million streetscape revitalization”

  1. Where is this money coming from? Who allocated it? RPC? State capital outlay? From when?

    I think one of the most frustrating things about the media’s reporting on the acts of government is the lack of context for process and sourcing, especially when it comes to fiscal issues. Voters are far too ignorant about what government is doing, where the money is going, and how it affects them. Part of this is their fault, but the media needs to do a better job in rounding out stories such as this one.

    Thanks for what you do.

  2. When and where is the public meeting that you mentioned in the article?

  3. Somebody needs to take a math class. Going from 6 nine foot lanes (54 feet total) to 4 eleven foot lanes (44 feet total) frees up 10 feet total. This is not enough to expand the neutral ground (which is currently almost non existent) to 15 feet in width. Plus bike lanes? Really? Somebody’s tape measure is broken.

    • Rob, Good point but the n ground scales about 3′ Google (face to face curb) and that would leave 2′ missing which will probably be taken from the parking lanes since bike lane will only be about 6′ or so. I know from streetwork design we use every single inch in these old urban settings!

  4. Jamie Wine is right, safe, healthy transportation choices are essential. Dedicated bike lanes along Tulane Ave. are an excellent design feature!

  5. I see in that picture an opportunity to take a left turn, so looks like an improvement

  6. I just moved to Mid-City right by Tulane Ave just for this reason!

  7. Interesting and made me think

  8. Ɍead it, liked it, many thanks for it

  9. After driving this stretch for many years, I don’t know that removing lanes is the answer. This is already a busy stretch and more cars will be coming with the new hospitals.

    You can do a left turn at major intersections by turning right, doing a U-turn, then driving across Tulane. This is a very efficient design.

    At other intersections, left turns are not allowed because traffic would back up into major intersections past traffic lights so the engineers wanted this not to happen.

    Turning arrows only make traffic worse; just see Carrollton at Tulane.

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