French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2: Tuesday, July 2, 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, July 9, 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)
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)

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

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

Crews have completed the concrete pour (pictured) and are preparing for work on the granite curbs.  The roadway is now scheduled to reopen to pedestrian traffic only during the week of July 8. 

Crews have completed the installation of new utilities and are preparing the intersection for a concrete pour in the next few days.  Following the pour, the concrete must cure for at least three days prior to reopening the intersection. If this falls within the contractor’s demobilization period, the intersection may not reopen until the week of July 8.  

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.  Full reconstruction will likely begin in the fall, after the 800 block of Bourbon is complete. UPDATE NOTE: Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric will be working in advance of the City on this block to ensure safety.  Canvassing will be done in advance of the start of Entergy’s work, which could begin as soon as the week of July 8.

UPCOMING CLOSURE – 800 Block (St. Ann to Dumaine)
Beginning the week of July 8, crews will begin to install the fence in the 800 block roadway to accommodate installation of new utilities.

Entergy Electric & Gas
Entergy Electric and Entergy Gas have completed their work on the 800 block.  Entergy Gas and Entergy Electric will be working in advance of the City on St. Ann between Bourbon and Dauphine.  Canvassing will be done in advance of the start of this work, which could begin as soon as the week of July 8.

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 30ft into the 900 block)
7/8/19 – 8/28/2019 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. 

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