Construction Notice: FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program construction – Decatur St. (Dumaine to Gov. Nicholls)

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans’ construction contractor, Boh Brothers, is scheduled to begin construction on Decatur St., between Dumaine and Gov. Nicholls streets in February 2016. This work is being completed as part of the $183 million, FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program designed to restore the New Orleans water system to its pre-Hurricane Katrina function and capacity.

Beginning, after Mardi Gras and lasting approximately five months, Decatur St., between Dumaine and Gov. Nicholls streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, with no on-street parking. Dumaine St. through traffic will be detoured to N. Peters St.

The scope of work includes excavating a portion of the roadway, replacing damaged or leaking water lines, placing fill material beneath the roadway, and paving the damaged portion of the roadway.

In general, construction crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, overnight work will be required. Work on the weekends is not anticipated although; inclement weather may alter the project schedule. Residents are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near construction sites.

Work in the Central Business District / French Quarter began in January 2014 and is scheduled to last through mid-2016. The construction contract was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction for $6.8 million.

For more information about this project, or to sign up for regular e-mail status updates on the FEMA-funded Waterline Replacement Program, contact Kristen Sawyer at or 504-658-8483.