(Photo: Looking down the 700 block of Conti Street. | Dave Minsky)
The temporary closure of the intersection at Conti and Royal streets was extended to mid-June, allowing crews to continue utility upgrades under the road, according to New Orleans Department of Public Works officials.
Signage and flaggers will remain in place to direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic, respectively. All businesses will remain open during construction.
The upgrades are a part of a $4.3 million reconstruction project along Conti Street, which includes repairing and/or replacing existing sewer lines and electrical duct banks; removing and replacing the existing pavement; replacing and upsizing drain lines and catch basins; replacing the water lines; swapping low pressure gas lines with high pressure ones; and installing disability-compliant curb ramps along intersections and at mid-crossing at Exchange Place.
A set of bollards will be installed along Coni Street on the Esplanade Avenue/Supreme Court side as part of the upgrade.
The Conti Street construction project was designed by Mott McDonald, LLC and performed by Hard Rock Construction. The project is anticipated to last until winter 2021, or approximately four months per block, according to Public Works.
Once construction is completed in the 700 block of Conti Street, the fence will be removed and work will begin on the adjacent sidewalks, according to Public Works officials.
Construction crews will shift their operations into the 600 block of Conti between Royal and Chartres streets once Entergy completes utility upgrades along the same section and once work is completed in the 700 block.
Crews are working up to seven days each week from 8 a.m. until sunset to ensure work is completed, according to Public Works officials.
For more information about the project, visit roadwork.nola.gov or call 504-658-7623.