French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2: Friday, June 21, 2019

The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works and Sewerage & Water Board began a full reconstruction project on Bourbon Street from St. Louis to Dumaine streets (500-800 blocks) on September 17, 2018. Work is occurring sequentially from the 500 – 800 blocks, with ONLY one block fenced off at a time throughout construction.  All businesses along this corridor are open and accessible throughout construction. 

The City is more than fifty percent complete with the project; the contractor has fully reconstructed the roadway between St. Louis and Orleans streets (500-700 blocks) with upsized drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks and new, smoother pavement.  Additionally, the lighting and security have been upgraded between St. Louis and St. Peter streets.  Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric have also completed upgrades to their services in those blocks.  

The $9.5 million cost-shared project, which is anticipated to run through September 2019, was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and is being constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC.  Project partners include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T. 

Attend “Conversation on the Corner”
The next Phase 2 bi-weekly community status meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Street, in the lounge area.

UPCOMING Demobilization – July 4 Weekend

The contractor will be demobilized on Wednesday, July 3 through Monday, July 8.  Crews will resume work on Tuesday, July 9.

Bollard Installation

Installation of the moveable bollard system that will enhance public safety in the 500-700 blocks of Bourbon Street will begin in the mid-August timeframe. For more information on the Matador Bollard System, click here.

500 Block (St. Louis to Toulouse)

All major construction, with the exception of the bollard installation, has been completed on this block.

600 Block (Toulouse to St. Peter)
Crews will complete repairs all repairs by early next week.    All major construction, with the exception of the bollard installation and an Entergy lateral duct bank, has been completed on this block.

Roadway Closure – 700 Block (St. Peter to Orleans)

Crews have completed installing the brick sidewalks and reopened the roadway to vehicular traffic (pictured).   All major construction, with the exception of the bollard installation, has been completed on this block.  NOTE: The City requests that businesses refrain from power washing the newly installed brick sidewalks for one more week during the curing process.

Roadway Closure – 750 Block (Orleans to St. Ann)

Crews are continuing to prepare the roadway for a concrete pour on or around June 27 (pictured).  The roadway is scheduled to reopen to pedestrian traffic only or around July 1. 

Crews have closed the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets to accommodate the installation of new utilities (pictured).  They have completed the new water line and are scheduled for a tie in on Tuesday from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m.  NOTE: This activity may cause a temporary interruption of service for the 750 block of Bourbon between Orleans and St. Ann and on St. Ann between Dauphine and Royal streets.  The intersection will reopen to vehicular traffic on or around July 1. 

ADDITIONAL WORK – St. Ann Reconstruction between Dauphine and Bourbon streets

While crews were completing a sewer point repair in the St. Ann intersection in September, the condition of the sewer line prompted an additional assessment between Dauphine and Bourbon, which indicated that the section of roadway needs a full reconstruction.   Crews have completed all exploratory trenching at one location on St. Ann.  Full reconstruction will likely begin in the fall, after the 800 block of Bourbon is complete. NOTE:  Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric may be working in advance of the City on this block; however, work would not begin before the August timeframe.

UPCOMING CLOSURE – 800 Block (St. Ann to Dumaine)
Beginning on or around July 1, crews will begin to install the fence in the 800 block roadway to accommodate installation of new utilities.

Entergy Electric & Gas
Entergy Electric has completed the first half of their work across the Dumaine intersection; the intersection will remain open to vehicular traffic as they complete the second portion.  Entergy Gas has completed their work on the 800 block.  Public safety is the top priority; expect closures of Bourbon in the 800 block between 8:00 a.m. and sunset seven days per week.  Extended work hours are possible.  Entergy will accommodate the public, businesses, and deliveries to the best of their ability. 

Overall Project Sequence of Construction

Block Tentative Schedule
(Fence in place)
* Approximate
Total Days Per Block
(Including Sidewalks)
500 (St. Louis – Toulouse) 9/24/18 – 11/30/18 75 Days
600 (Toulouse – St. Peter) 12/03/18 – 1/27/19 75 Days
700 (St. Peter – St. Ann) 1/27/19 – 2/17/19, 5/20/19 – 6/30/19 75 Days
800 (St. Ann – Dumaine) 7/01/19 – 9/06/19 75 Days
Total Days *Once the contractor moves the fence to the next block, sidewalks in the previous block will be worked on simultaneously 250 Working Days Total (exclusive of weather / events days)

Demobilization for other Events / Holidays

The Contractor must contain equipment and materials within the block that is fenced off. No work will take place during the following event days or holidays:

  • July 4 – 8: Independence Day, Essence
  • August 10: Red Dress Run
  • August 29 –September 2: Southern Decadence, Labor Day

AT&T Service Outage Reporting Process 
To ensure service restoration and proper credit, AT&T residential customers MUST report problems to 1-800-288-2020.  Business customers MUST report problems to 1-877-438-0041.  After reporting problems to AT&T, customers may also send e-mail to to help expedite the process.  

Garbage Corrals

Garbage must be placed in appropriate corrals at the end of each intersecting block between 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please refrain from leaving garbage cans on Bourbon St. as pedestrian access must be maintained. 

How to Stay Informed

Questions about this project may be directed via e-mail to or to the RoadworkNOLA hotline 504.658.ROAD (7623).