City crews will temporarily close the intersection of Royal and Conti streets to vehicular traffic starting on April 26 and for approximately a month to accommodate utility upgrades.
The full roadway of the 700 block Conti Street is closed to vehicular traffic. Commuters are advised to detour from Bourbon Street onto Toulouse Street and then onto Royal Street.
Additionally, the 600 block of Conti Street is intermittently closed to vehicular traffic during the day. Both closures will be for the duration of the project, which is estimated to be four weeks, according to New Orleans officials.
Vehicular traffic in the 600 block of Conti is closed intermittently throughout the day to allow Entergy crews to upgrade utilities. During the day, commuters are advised to detour Bourbon Street and onto Toulouse Street, then onto Decatur Street. The block will reopen to traffic each night.
Signage and flaggers will be posted throughout the area to direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic respectively. Businesses in the area are being notified about the closure this week.
The work is part of a $4.3 million reconstruction project along Conti, which will replace the existing pavement, increasing the drain lines and catch basins, replacing water lines, repairing/replacing sewer lines, among other work. Crews are working up to seven days each week from 8 a.m. until sunset.
In addition, curb ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be added. Other work includes adding a mid-block crossing at Exchange Place and bollards on the Esplanade Avenue-side of where the Louisiana Supreme Court is located.
The fence will be removed in the 700 block of Conti Street once construction is completed in June 2021 and work will begin on the adjacent sidewalks.
The project, which was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and is being constructed by Hard Rock Construction is anticipated through winter 2021.
Once Entergy crews complete construction in the 600 and 700 blocks of Conti, construction workers will shift their operations into the 600 block portion of the road between Royal and Charters streets.