Roadwork expected to improve storm-water drainage near City Park and Bayou St. John

A street and infrastructure repair project is underway in the City Park and Parkview neighborhoods, the Mayor’s Office announced.

The city officially broke ground last week on the $6.1 million FEMA-funded City Park Group A project, which began in fall 2020. The funding is split between Department of Public Works, at $3.3 million, and the Sewerage & Water Board at $2.8 million.

“This is one of our larger projects in the City Park neighborhood, and it is another example of how we have prioritized infrastructure improvements across the city of New Orleans ” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell at a Dec. 29 groundbreaking ceremony.

The project will impact 21 different streets and 64 individual blocks in the City Park neighborhood and is expected to be completed by fall of this year.

Crews continue sidewalk, pavement, and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb work on the 600-700 blocks of North Alexander Street on Nov. 13, 2020. (roadwork.nola.gov)

The area designated for the infrastructure repairs in City Park Group A is bordered by City Park Avenue, Bayou St. John, Orleans Avenue from the bayou to North Carrollton Avenue, and Toulouse Street from Carrollton to City Park Avenue.

The city reported on Dec. 15 that crews were continuing pavement, sidewalk and curbing operations on North Olympia Street and are starting the same work on St. Peter Street as part of the City Park Group A  project.

Additionally, drain and sewer point repair operations are underway on Dumaine, Olga and Moss streets and will move to Pichelop Place once Dumaine Street’s work is complete.

Work will include replacing underground water, sewer and drainage lines; repaving roadways with concrete or asphalt; replacing damaged curbs, sidewalks and driveway aprons; and installing wheelchair-accessible curb ramps.

St. John Court, a short cul-de-sac off Moss Street, will receive a full reconstruction, according to Roadwork NOLA. Streets slated for repairs and repaving include Pichelop and Roosevelt Place, Sherwood Forest Drive, Dumaine from Roosevelt Place to Carrollton, Harding Drive from Dumaine to Delgado Drive, Allard Boulevard from Dumaine to City Park, St. Ann Street from Hennesey to Olympia streets, and sections of Solomon, Hennesey, Murat, Olympia and St. Patrick streets.

The work is part of a major citywide initiative financed in large part by FEMA money awarded to repair damage related to Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches.

“These projects show our commitment to improving infrastructure, which in turn improves the quality of life for all residents,” said District A Councilman Joseph Giarrusso. “This project, in tandem with additional drainage improvements slated for the Navarre neighborhood, should reduce the burden of heavy storms near City Park. I’m excited to see the City Park Group A project finally come to fruition.”

There are 62 Department of Public Works projects under construction, which have been valued at nearly $416 million. At the close of 2020, there were a total of $585 million worth of joint infrastructure projects going out to bid.

“We have been intentional about moving these projects,” Cantrell said, “and we know this will bring overall improvement into our neighborhoods and better streets for our city.”

Residents will be informed ahead of any construction work and work that will involve utility disruption or impact their parking and access to their street, city officials said.

Work is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers are urged to slow down on the streets where crews are at work. 

View a copy of the presentation given at the Aug. 27, 2020, public meeting here. See here for a PDF of the roadwork map.

To be added to the project contact list or to track the progress, visit RoadWork.nola.gov. For concerns about the City Park Group A work, contact project manager Nakelia Polk at roadwork@nola.gov or 504-658-7623.

The groundbreaking ceremony for City Park Group A took place in the 4000 block of Dumaine Street, at North Carrollton Avenue, on Dec. 29, 2020. (Mayor’s Office photo)

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