Chartres and Conti intersection closes Friday for 24-hour construction project

(Corner of Chartres and Conti streets. Photo: Infrogmation | CC Wikimedia)
The intersection of Conti and Chartres streets will be closed intermittently to vehicular traffic for one day starting Friday morning so that crews can dig a trench to inspect utility lines in anticipation of a two-block road construction project, a New Orleans spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Closure begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to last until Saturday, May 23, as workers from Hard Rock Construction — a Public Works contractor — construct a trench in order to verify the location, depth and size of electric and gas lines under the roadway, spokeswoman LaTonya Norton said.

Construction is expected to last until Saturday, at which point the intersection will reopen to traffic.

“Public safety is our priority,” Norton said. “Commuters are asked to be mindful to workers and to travel at reduced speeds in this area.”

Norton said drivers, pedestrians and residents should expect intermittent road and sidewalk closures, constriction equipment, limited parking availability, cones and fencing, elevated noise levels, dust and continuous vibration monitoring.

Additionally, there will be temporary asphalt pavement over the completed trench.

The brief closure is part of a city project to design a full reconstruction of Conti Street between Bourbon and Chartres streets.

Entergy will upgrade its gas and electric utilities in advance of the city’s massive project in order to avoid construction conflicts and potential delays, Norton said.

Entergy’s work is anticipated to begin in the 700 block of Conti Street in June and the entire project is expected to take approximately 10 months, Norton added.

The project is part of an “unprecedented” and mostly FEMA-funded $2.3 billion program by New Orleans Public Works and Sewerage and Water Board to improve damaged infrastructure.

Zulu, Endymion parades rerouted around French Quarter due to Hard Rock collapse

Zulu parade in 2013. Photo: Derek Bridges | Flickr CC

The 2020 parades for the krewes of Zulu and Endymion will be rerouted around the French Quarter due to the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, a New Orleans city spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Routes for Endymion and Zulu were modified this Mardi Gras season for public safety reasons due to the hotel collapse, said spokeswoman LaTonya Norton.

The Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed on the morning of Oct. 12, killing Anthony Magrette, 49; Quinnyon Wimberly, 36; and Jose Ponce Arreola, 63.

An evacuation zone that prohibits public from passing through includes several streets surrounding the hotel, including the corner of North Rampart and Canal streets, which were traditionally part of the Zulu and Endymion parade routes.

This year’s Endymion parade route, which begins at City Park and Orleans avenue, will pass down Canal Street but hook a right down Elk Street, continue to Poydras Street, then turn left and continue to wind its way through the Central Business District until it reaches Julia Street and Convention Center Boulevard.

Zulu’s parade, which begins at Claiborne and Jackson avenues, will make its way to St. Charles Avenue and turn left on Poydras Street, then right onto Loyola Avenue and continue past Canal Street, completely avoiding the French Quarter.

The parades for Endymion and Zulu begin at 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 8 a.m. on Feb. 25, respectively.

Maps for the modified routes are available on routewise.nola.gov.

Residents and visitors are also encouraged to text MARDIGRAS to 888777 to receive updates on parade schedules, transportation impacts, public safety, and weather information directly from the city.