French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project Update: Friday, November 2, 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.

 Traffic Status 

500 Block Roadway Remains Closed – Schedule Updated!!!

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 continuing work on the new drainage line.  The contractor is preparing the first half of the roadway for a concrete pour this week.  Please note that the 500 block roadway will now reopen to pedestrian traffic before Thanksgiving (see updated schedule below).  The delay is due to a few rain days and one week of prep work for future sewer lining.

Reopening Today!!! 200 Block of Bourbon Street Closure

Hard Rock Construction has repaired a water leak in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.  The roadway will reopen to vehicular traffic today.

Beginning Today!!! – Intersection Closure – Toulouse and Bourbon streets

Hard Rock Construction will close the intersection of Toulouse and Bourbon streets on Friday, November 2 so that crews can complete the installation of new utilities. This also means that the 600 block of Bourbon will be closed to vehicular traffic, as well as the 800 block of Toulouse; flaggers will be on site at Dauphine to direct local traffic in / out of the 700 block of Toulouse while crews are working. Expect this closure to last for approximately three weeks.

 Entergy Electric & Gas
Entergy Gas will continue working in the 700 / 750 blocks from St. Peter to St. Ann. Entergy Electric will continue construction in the 700 / 750 blocks of Bourbon St between St. Peter 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.  Entergy Electric may begin work in the 800 block sidewalks; the 800 block roadway would remain open to traffic.  As usual Entergy will accommodate the public, businesses, and deliveries to the best of their ability.

 Upcoming Week Work Plan

  • Saturday, Nov. 3 – Sunday, Nov. 4: Crews will continue working on the new drain line in the 500 block roadway.  Crews will begin work on the waterline in the Toulouse intersection.
  • Monday, Nov. 5– Friday, November 9 (Weather Permitting): Crews will complete drain line work in the 500 block roadway. Crews will prepare the first half of the roadway for a concrete pour which will likely take place on Thursday.  Crews will complete the waterline and start the drain line in the Toulouse intersection.

UPDATED!!! – 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 – 11/21/18 75 Days
600 (Toulouse – St. Peter) 11/26/18 – 1/21/19 75 Days
700 (St. Peter – St. Ann) 1/28/19 – 2/17/19, 3/7/19 – 4/22/19 75 Days
800 (St. Ann – Dumaine) 4/23/19 – 6/25/19 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: 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).