French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project Update: Tuesday, November 20, 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.

Recognizing that there is a big weekend ahead with our hotels at full occupancy for Thanksgiving and Bayou Classic.  Public safety is the top priority, so DPW has been coordinating closely with the New Orleans Police Department to ensure that the Bourbon Phase 2 construction area is as safe as possible for residents and visitors.

The contractor began to pour concrete in the 500 block roadway this morning. Unfortunately due to weather, the roadway will not reopen to pedestrian traffic as planned by November 21. As an alternative, the contractor is working to create an approximately 30-foot-wide pathway close to the middle of the 500 block (between The Swamp and Razoos) to allow for better pedestrian flow during the busy weekend.  The pathway is scheduled to be in place by sunset tomorrow, November 21.

The Toulouse intersection will remain closed to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic through the holiday demobilization.

As a reminder, no work will take place between November 22 and November 25 in advance of Thanksgiving / Bayou Classic.   All equipment and materials will be contained with the work area during this time.

 The contractor will return to the site on November 26 to commence work in the 500 block roadway and Toulouse intersection.  Weather permitting, both the 500 block roadway and Toulouse intersection will be reopened by December 2.

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