Construction for the Tulane Avenue Streetscape project, a renovation set to widen the street and bring safety improvements along the corridor, officially began earlier this month.
The $4.8 million project, which began Sept. 14, stretches along 2.25 miles of Tulane Avenue from Claiborne Avenue to Carrollton Avenue, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.
The work will reduce the road from six narrow lanes to four lanes with increased width. The project includes added bike lanes and wider medians, to better accommodate left turns.
The street will also get far-side bus stops with designated bays, bump-outs, pedestrian signals and other amenities, according to the project’s Final Environmental Assessment Report, issued in April 2014.
The City of New Orleans, the Department of Transportation and Development, the Regional Planning Commission and the Federal Highway Administration are responsible for the project.
According to Bambi Hall, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation and Development, the project came after a study to review what enhancements were needed for the area, given the “number of new developments planned along Tulane Avenue.”
The study determined the improvements needed “to enhance the quality of life, livability, and sustainability of the area,” Hall said.
Hall said the work will include cold plane asphalt and paving, curb and side walk repairs, reflectors, landscaping, and improved manholes and catch basins.
“The long-term economic vitality of the surrounding neighborhood would likely benefit from the corridor improvements,” she said.
Barber Brothers Contracting Co, L.L.C. is working on the project and is expected to be finished by early 2016.