French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2 Status Update: Monday, September 24, 2018

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 and closed to vehicular traffic at a time throughout construction.  All businesses along this corridor will remain open and accessible throughout construction. The $9.5 million cost-shared project, which is anticipated to run through June 2019, was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and will be constructed by Hard Rock Construction, LLC.  Project partners include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T.

Traffic Status

Intersection Closure – Bourbon and St. Ann streets

Hard Rock Construction, LLC will continue making an emergency sewer line repair in the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets on Saturday, September 22.  Crews expect to complete this activity on Sunday, September 23.

 Upcoming Intersection and 500 Block Closure

Beginning on Monday, September 24 (weather permitting), Hard Rock Construction, LLC will re-route river bound traffic from the 500 block of Bourbon St. between St. Louis and Toulouse streets. At the time of closure, drivers may use Decatur or N. Rampart streets as alternative routes to reach their destination.
NEW LOCATION – Attend “Conversation on the Corner”
The first Phase 2 bi-weekly community status meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Four Points Sheraton French Quarter, 541 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Salon de Gallier 2.

Work Plan – 500 Block & St. Louis Intersection

  • Saturday, Sept. 22 & Sunday, Sept. 23 (Weather Permitting): Crews will complete the sewer line repair in the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann streets, wrap up sewer work in the 700 block and begin work in the lakeside and riverside sidewalks in the 800 block of Bourbon Street to prepare for future lining of sewer house connections. Minor sidewalk removals to be expected.  Expect intermittent road closures.
  • Monday, Sept. 24 – Friday, Sept. 28 (Weather Permitting): The Sewerage & Water Board will complete a test closure on Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. during which businesses and residents in the 500 – 800 blocks of Bourbon and on St. Louis between Dauphine and Chartres may experience low water pressure.  Hard Rock Construction, LLC will re-route river bound traffic from the 500 block of Bourbon St. between St. Louis and Toulouse streets to begin installation of the fence around the 500 block roadway.  The St. Louis intersection will also be closed for approximately five weeks so that crews can install a syphon and other utilities.
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 & Sunday, Sept. 30 (Weather Permitting): Crews will begin removing the granite curb and continue work on the syphon and other utilities in the St. Louis intersection.

Entergy Electric & Gas
Entergy has begun moving its barricade s and equipment into the 700 block. Starting Monday, Entergy will begin working from St. Peter toward Orleans. By mid-week, Entergy will have both crews in the 700 block, the second will begin working from St Ann back toward Orleans. There will be no intersections closed; however, there may be intermittent closures of Bourbon in the 700 block. As usual Entergy will accommodate the public, businesses and deliveries to the best of our ability.

Overall Project Sequence of Construction

Block Tentative Schedule
(Fence in place / Closed to Vehicular Traffic)
* Approximate
Total Days Per Block
(Including Sidewalks)
500 (St. Louis – Toulouse) 9/24/18 – 11/9/18 75 Days
600 (Toulouse – St. Peter) 11/10/18 – 1/21/19 75 Days
700 (St. Peter – St. Ann) 1/22/19 – 2/15/19, 3/7/19 – 4/6/19 75 Days
800 (St. Ann – Dumaine) 4/7/19 – 6/12/19 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 (St. Louis, Toulouse, etc.) between 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please refrain from leaving garbage cans on the Bourbon St. sidewalk as we are required to maintain pedestrian access.

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