When officials with the Regional Planning Commission first announced a $10 million beautification project to a stretch of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City, they described a plan that would “significantly improve visual quality” along the corridor, as well as enhance pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety.
Five years and nearly $5 million later, officials still tout final plans for a safer, wider street reduced from six lanes to four, thanks to improvements that will extend from South Carrollton to South Claiborne avenues.
The city decided to widen the corridor along Tulane Avenue in the Mid-City and Tulane Gravier neighborhoods in 1957 because a medical services center was rapidly expanding there, according to report prepared for the Regional Planning Commission.
By Claire Byum for MidCityMessenger.com
New Orleans is better off now than six years ago, though there’s still a long way to go before every need is met and every pothole filled, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a Lakeview crowd Wednesday night.
Yielding hand-made signs, concerned citizens, cyclists and politicians gathered on Friday, June 10, where the Lafitte Greenway meets North Broad Street to warn drivers of the crosswalk.
This was part of a Safe-Tea event, put on by the Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors, which aims to promote safety on the Lafitte Greenway for cyclists, pedestrians and cars. The greenway stretches from Mid-City through Treme and finishes on Claiborne Avenue. It crosses N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, N. Broad Street and Claiborne Avenue, streets with heavy flows of traffic.
The Sewerage & Water Board has issued an advisory for residents and businesses in Mid-City on Saturday.
The area will experience low water pressure from 5 a.m. to noon while Sewerage & Water Board crews repair a series of valves located on a water line that serves the area.
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.
City Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she will begin studying ways for the city to make the growing Fourth of July festivities on Bayou St. John go more smoothly for attendees, and also announced that the City Council has formed a new committee on bicycle safety following the latest death of a bicyclist.
New Orleans neighborhood leaders who have fought against a controversial plan to route freight trains through Hollygrove and Mid-City are applauding the formal resolution opposing the project that City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will introduce Thursday.
A 41-year-old man died overnight after his motorcycle crashed into a metal shopping cart that had been left on South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans police said.