French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project Status Update: Monday, October 29, 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 will occur sequentially from the 500 – 800 blocks, with ONLY one block fenced off 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.

Crews will shut down by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 in observance of Halloween. 

 Traffic Status

Good News!   St. Louis Intersection Reopened Monday

The St. Louis intersection reopened to traffic on Monday, two weeks ahead of schedule.  Four new catch basins have been constructed in the intersection and the fire hydrants have been replaced.  Work will be completed on the fire hydrants within the next week.

500 Block Roadway Remains Closed – On Schedule!

River bound traffic continues to be re-routed from the 500 block of Bourbon St. between St. Louis and Toulouse streets.   The contractor has completed installation of the new water line and is now working on the new drainage line.

Rescheduled – 200 Block of Bourbon Street Closure

Hard Rock Construction must repair a water leak in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.  This work require a temporary closure of the 200 block beginning on Monday, Oct. 29 – Thursday, Nov. 1.

Beginning Monday! – Intersection Closure – Toulouse and Bourbon streets

Hard Rock Construction will close the intersection of Toulouse and Bourbon streets on Monday, October 29 so that crews can complete the installation of utilities.

Entergy Electric & Gas
Entergy Gas will continue working in the 700 block from Orleans to St. Ann. Entergy Electric will continue construction in the 700 block of Bourbon St between Orleans and St. Ann. There will be no intersections closed; however, there will be temporary street closures of Bourbon in the 700 block between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. As usual Entergy will accommodate the public, businesses, and deliveries to the best of their ability.

 Upcoming Week Work Plan

  • Monday, Oct. 29– Friday, November 9 (Weather Permitting): Crews will continue drain line work in the 500 block roadway. Crews will perform water house connections in the 500 block. NOTE: Please expect temporary disruptions with water services (businesses will be notified in advance) and expect staggered sidewalk closures on the riverside and lakeside between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Flaggers will be on site to direct pedestrians when sidewalks are closed. Crews will also work on sewer house connections in the 600 block.

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)

Mardi Gras Demobilization

The contractor will completely demobilize all labor and materials including fencing from the site and temporarily backfill any trenches by close of business on February 18, two weeks in advance of Mardi Gras, to minimize pedestrian and vehicular traffic disruption.  The contractor will resume operations on March 7, 2019.

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: Voodoo Music and Arts Experience (10/26-10/28), Halloween (work shutdown at 4pm) Bayou Classic / Thanksgiving )11/22-11/25), Christmas / New Year’s Eve / Sugar Bowl (12/24-1/2/2019), French Quarter Fest (4/11-4/14), Jazz Fest (4/26-4/28 and 5/2-5/5).

 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 to via e-mail to or to the RoadworkNOLA hotline 504.658.ROAD (7623).