French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2: Friday, September 6, 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 eighty five 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. 

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

Bollard Installation

Installation of the moveable bollard system that will enhance public safety in the 500-750 blocks of Bourbon Street will begin in the late September / early October 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)
All major construction, with the exception of the bollard installation, has been completed on this block. 

700 Block (St. Peter to Orleans)

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

750 Block (Orleans to St. Ann)

All major construction, with the exception of the bollard installation, has been completed on this block.  Next week, a conduit will be installed on the riverside sidewalk. This activity calls for removing an approximately 20-foot section of slate from the riverside sidewalk; this will take about 10 days to complete.  

Roadway Closure – 800 Block (St. Ann to Dumaine)
Crews are in the process of installing the granite curbs.  Beginning on Monday, the roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic while the sidewalks are being constructed; crews will begin to remove the old sidewalks on the riverside at St. Ann and Bourbon and work toward Dumaine.  Once the sidewalks have been removed on the riverside, crews will move to the lakeside.  Access ramps will be installed at all residences and businesses. This activity should take approximately three weeks to complete.

Dumaine Intersection and Partial 900 Block Closure

Crews have completed upgrading the utilities and reopened the intersection and 900 block to traffic. 

Roadway Closure – St. Ann Reconstruction

Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric are upgrading their facilities between Dauphine and Bourbon streets.  Residents and commuters should anticipate roadway closures while they complete their work; the block will reopen at night. 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. 

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)

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 the RoadworkNOLA hotline 504.658.ROAD (7623).