Intersection of Chartres and Conti streets closed for workdays until April 9 for electric utility upgrades

(Photo: Crews close the section of Conti Street in March for reconstruction. | RoadworkNOLA)
The intersection of Conti and Chartres streets closed for five days starting Monday morning and reopen on Friday to accommodate upgrades to electric utility lines.

Crews plan to close the intersection of Chartres and Conti streets to accommodate Entergy Electric utility upgrades and will reopen to vehicular traffic at 6 p.m. The project concludes on April 9, according to New Orleans Department of Public Works.

Signage and a police detail will be in place to allow local traffic onto Conti Street between Chartres and Decatur streets

The project was designed by Mott McDonald and is being constructed by Hard Rock Construction. Construction is anticipated to run through winter 2021, with approximately four months per block, and construction partners include Entergy Electric, Entergy Gas, Cox Communications and AT&T.

The work is part of a $4.3M reconstruction project along Conti Street, which involves removing and replacing the existing pavement; replacing/upsizing the existing drain lines and catch basins; replacing existing water lines; repairing or replacing existing sewer, water and low-pressure gas lines; repairing/replacing underground electrical duct banks; replacing sidewalks and adding Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, and a mid-crossing at Exchange Place; and bollards along the street’s side facing Esplanade Avenue.

Crews are working seven days a week from 8 a.m. until sunset each day to complete the project, according to Department of Public works officials.

As part of the reconstruction project, the 700 block of Conti Street is currently closed to vehicular traffic for its duration, which is scheduled to end in June. Commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Royal Street.

When construction is completed, the fence will be removed and work will begin on the sidewalks; and once Entergy crews have finished their upgrades in the 600 block of Conti Street, Hard Rock Construction crews will shift their operations to the 600 block section of the street between Royal and Chartres streets, according to Department of Public Works officials.

During the day, commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street, and then onto Decatur Street. The 600 block of Conti Street will reopen to vehicular traffic each night.

In April 2021, the intersection of Royal and Conti streets will be closed for approximately four weeks to accommodate utility upgrades and a traffic advisory will be sent ahead of that closure, according to public works officials.

Questions about this project or our Capital Improvement Program should be directed to 504-658-7623 or