City, State to Begin Street Improvements Along Marconi Drive and Orleans Avenue

October 09, 2019

On Monday, Oct. 14, weather permitting, the City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will begin work on a nearly $3 million, federally funded roadway rehabilitation project that will improve Marconi Drive/Orleans Avenue between City Park Avenue and Zachary Taylor Drive. City representatives began canvassing the area on Marconi Drive earlier today to distribute information about the project and its impacts.

Throughout the planning and design phases of the project, the City has been closely coordinating with City Park and Delgado Community College about parking restrictions during construction, as well as access to the campus and Tad Gormley Stadium during athletic events, including weekend high school football games.

During construction, there will be one travel lane open in each direction at all times; however, there will be no parking on both sides of Marconi Drive/Orleans Avenue. Signage and parking instructions will be visibly posted throughout the duration of the project. 

The scope of work includes:

  • Repairing some damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons;
  • Repaving the roadway with asphalt and /or concrete;
  • Installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections and new high-visibility crosswalks;
  • Installing a new two-way protected bike lane on Marconi Drive alongside City Park;
  • Installing a new river-bound protected bike lane on Orleans Avenue alongside Delgado Community College; and
  • Reconfiguring the roadway on Marconi Drive from two travel lanes and one parking lane to: one travel lane, one parking lane and one two-way protected bike lane;
  • Reconfiguring the roadway on Orleans Avenue from two travel lanes and one parking lane to: one travel lane, one parking lane and one protected bike lane; and
  • Constructing a new ADA-compliant bus loading island on Marconi Drive and Orleans Avenue.

Weather permitting; crews will be wrapped up in late November. The contractor will be working Monday-Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Questions and / or concerns about the project may be directed Roadwork NOLA at 504.658.ROAD (7623) or roadwork@nola.gov.

 

 

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Rendering of new street layout after construction is completed.