NEW ORLEANS, LA – This afternoon, the City of New Orleans provided an update on recovery efforts following Hurricane Isaac. Dozens of Department of Public Works (DPW) employees have been involved in the recovery operations including towing flooded vehicles, cleaning drainage catch basins, securing fallen streetlights and traffic signal lights, assessing and repairing damaged traffic signals and traffic signs, supporting debris removal operation and making temporary street repairs.
The following are updates as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 7:
DPW has completed damage assessments on all 460 signalized intersections in the city of New Orleans. 213 showed no visible signs of damage. 247 intersections with traffic signals sustained some type of visible damage during the storm, and at this time all of these have been repaired. 73 traffic signal lights were blown down during the storm and 35 have been replaced so far. Temporary repairs have been made to the remaining 38 intersections. Each intersection in the city has at least one functioning traffic signal. DPW estimates that it will take two weeks to complete all of the repairs needed to return the City’s traffic signal system to its pre-storm condition.
Key intersections that need additional repairs include:
City Park Ave. and Bienville St.
General DeGaulle Dr. & Woodland Dr.
S. Dupree St. and Earhardt Blvd.
Holiday Dr. at the Holiday Square Shopping Center
Poydras St. at S. Robertson St.
There are approximately 150,000 traffic control and street name signs in the city of New Orleans. As of Friday, September 7, 375 sign have been repaired or replaced. First priority is given to safety related signage (i.e. stop signs, one way signs, turn signs yield signs) and then to street name signs.
There are over 54,000 streetlights in the city of New Orleans. To date, DPW has picked up and secured 91 knocked down or leaning streetlights. The City estimates that it will take three weeks to complete a damage assessment of all streetlights in the city. Before Hurricane Isaac, there were over 7,000 streetlight outages that DPW was working to fix.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
DPW has deployed 3 vacuum trucks. To date, 356 catch basins and 35,450 linear feet (6.7 miles) have been cleaned of debris. To add capacity, the City of New Orleans has mobilized a contractor to add 2 additional vacuum trucks to clean debris from catch basins and clogged drain lines starting on Monday, September 10.
Citizens are encouraged to call 311 to report non-emergency service requests.