RoadworkNOLA February 2018 Newsletter

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Capital Improvement Program Newsletter - February 2018 

Message from the Mayor


The City of New Orleans' Department of Public Works and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans are working together like never before to implement the most robust infrastructure improvement program that our region has seen in a generation, the $2.4B Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

This year, we are scheduled to begin construction on more than 55 FEMA-funded roadway projects across the city, with a total investment of $427M.

The following FEMA-funded CIP projects are now under way: Lakeview North Group A, Village De L’Est Group A , Lower Ninth Northwest Group ARead Boulevard East Group A, Read Boulevard West Group A, Lower Ninth Ward Northeast Group A, Lake Terrace and Oaks Group A and Gentilly Terrace Group A.

The West Bank Group A and Lakeshore Group A projects are in the bid and award phase and will be under construction in the coming months. 

We will continue to work each day to ensure that there are plenty of resources available to learn about the individual projects, including our RoadworkNOLA websiteRoad Construction Toolkit for businesses and our monthly newsletter.

Fixing our infrastructure is a priority so that New Orleans can continue to grow economically and become more and more resilient.

We thank you for being our Capital Improvement Program partners.


Mitchell J. Landrieu,
Mayor City of New Orleans

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What to Expect During Construction

Construction Impacts:

  • Additional construction equipment
  • Limited parking availability
  • Temporary lane / road closures
  • Sounds 
  • Dust

Efforts to Minimize Impacts:

    • Construction signage placed around the sites. 
    • Any temporary closures will be communicated in advance.
    • Any changes to garbage and U.S. Postal services will be communicated in advance. 
    • Residents will be informed throughout construction.

    Road Construction Toolkit


    While road construction can be hard on small businesses, the maintenance and repairs can be good for your company in the end. With this positive outcome in mind, we've created this guide to road construction. Click here to download our Road Construction Toolkit.


    The HireNOLA staff work with jobseekers to connect them with new hire positions on various City projects. Our goal is to bring a quality local workforce together with our contractors. We strongly encourage contractors to utilize this process to find qualified candidates. Click here to learn more.                       

    lead service


    As part of the Capital Improvement Program, Sewerage & Water Board may be replacing lead services between the water main and meters, which may cause temporary elevations in lead levels. If you are notified that a lead service from the water main will be replaced, click here for next steps.

    Major Progress on Catch Basin Cleaning and Repairs across the City

    Catch Basin Cleaning picture

    Since January 2017, 23,337 catch basins have been cleaned across the city of New Orleans. Following the major flooding in August of last year, the Department of Public Works prioritized catch basin cleaning by reassigning its in-house crews to that effort, by urging the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LaDOTD) to clean catch basins on state thoroughfares, and by spending $22M on the emergency catch basin cleaning and repair programs.

    The City’s contractor, Compliance Envirosystems (CES), began the $7M emergency catch basin cleaning program on September 26,, 2017 and finished on January 23, 2018.  The goal for the program was to clean 15,000 catch basins in 120 days. There were 16-22 VAC trucks working six days a week across all neighborhoods in New Orleans to complete this work. Crews removed more than 7.2 million pounds of debris from catch basins, 93,000 pounds of which were Mardi Gras beads. The Department set a goal of hiring 61 percent local workers initially and exceeded that goal by hiring 59 percent local workers for the program.

    On October 9, 2017, 17 crews began the emergency catch basin repair program. Currently, 25 catch basin repair crews are assigned to neighborhoods across the city (Bayou St. John, Bywater, City Park, Dillard, Fairgrounds, Filmore, Florida Area, French Quarter, Lake Terrace, Lakeview, Mid-City, Navarre and St. Claude) five days a week. Since the beginning of the eight-month repair program, 2,156 catch basins have been repaired.

    Additionally, crews are addressing drain point repairs across the city through Hurricane Isaac and other funding sources. There were more than 460 cases of flooding issues reported to 311, of which 109 were determined to be in need of drain point repairs.  Work has already begun on the 109 repairs that are part of this contract.   

    Maintaining full transparency continues to be priority for this program. To that end, the City’s catch basin reporting portal allows for live monitoring of catch basin assessments, cleaning and repairs. While the City continues to unclog and repair drains, it is equally important for residents to keep catch basins clear of trash and debris to prevent further issues. To help improve drainage conditions in your neighborhood, check out our Adopt A Catch Basin website.