French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2: Friday, October 4, 2019

Exploratory Trenching & Road Closures on 600-700 blocks of Conti Street: October 7-28, 2019
October 4, 2019
Tourism & Hospitality Job Fair: Thursday, October 17, 2019
October 7, 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 roughly ninety-seven percent complete with the project; the contractor has fully reconstructed the roadway between St. Louis and St. Ann streets (500-750 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 in those blocks.  

The $9.5 million cost-shared project, which is anticipated to run through fall 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. 

NEW DATE – Attend “Conversation on the Corner”
The next Phase 2 bi-weekly community status meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans Street, St. Joseph Salon.

Punch List Items

Hard Rock crews will continue working on the list of items identified during a preliminary inspection of the project Monday in the 500 – 750 blocks of Bourbon Street.  Punch list activity will last through the month of October. 

Bollard Installation

Installation of the moveable bollard system, which will enhance public safety in the 500-750 blocks of Bourbon Street, is now complete. For more information on the Matador Bollard System, click here.

500 Block (St. Louis to Toulouse)

All major construction has been completed. 

Roadway Closure – 600 Block (Toulouse to St. Peter)
All major construction has been completed.  Entergy Electric has completed an electrical duct bank in the roadway and the concrete has been restored. This block will reopen to vehicular traffic today. 

700 Block (St. Peter to Orleans)

All major construction has been completed.

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

All major construction has been completed. Crews have restored the riverside sidewalk following installation of a conduit. This portion of sidewalk will reopen on Friday. Businesses and residents are reminded not to power wash the area for two weeks to allow for the adequate curing time.

Roadway Closure – 800 Block (St. Ann to Dumaine)
Crews are now installing bricks on both the riverside and lakeside sidewalks.  Once the brick installation is complete, businesses and residents are reminded not to power wash the area for two weeks to allow for adequate curing time. 

Roadway Closure – 900 Block

Crews have completed the concrete pours in the 900 block sidewalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps.  All work in this block will be complete by the end of this week. 

Roadway Closure – St. Ann Reconstruction Project

AT&T’s contractor, Grady Crawford, is currently relocating their facilities. Entergy Electric is also continuing to update their facilities. Residents and commuters should anticipate 24 hour roadway closures while they complete their work. The City / SWBNO are in the process of designing the sewer, water and drainage work for this block. Once City / SWBNO work begins in the October timeframe, the block will be fenced off; specific scheduling details will follow in a future update. 

Roadway Closure – Conti Reconstruction Project
The City is in the process of designing a full reconstruction project of Conti Street between Bourbon and Chartres streets.  Ahead of construction, the City’s contractor will begin exploratory trenching to identify the exact locations of the underground utilities.  On Monday, October 7, trenching activities will begin in the 600 block near Chartres Street and continue toward Royal Street.  Once work is complete in the 600 block, the contractor will begin trenching in the 700 block (on or around October 17).  NOTE:  The blocks will be closed to vehicular traffic while crews are working.  Once City / SWBNO work begins in after Mardi Gas 2020, the block will be fenced off; specific scheduling details will follow in a future update. 

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 – 7/8/2019 75 Days
800/ 900
(St. Ann – Dumaine and 40ft into the 900 block)
7/8/19 – 8/28/19 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)

Please Help Us Get the Message Out

We want to ensure that this information is reaching as many people as possible – French Quarter businesses, residents, hospitality workers, etc.  Please help us to get the message out by sharing our weekly updates with your neighbors, staff; post in your breakrooms, on intranets, etc.  If you wish to have anyone or any group added to our distribution list, please send an e-mail to  Thank you!

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. For more information, click here

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

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