NEW ORLEANS, LA—Tomorrow at 2PM, Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will be available to discuss upcoming road closures for preparations for Super Bowl XLVII.
Beginning Saturday, January 26, 2013, traffic restrictions near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will expand. Commuters and visitors to the downtown New Orleans area will be most affected by the closure of the river-bound lanes of Poydras Street from LaSalle to South Claiborne. Poydras exit 234B from I-10 east will also be closed during this time.
The best options for residents who work in the area near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be to take the Loyola exit from the Pontchartrain Expressway and use Loyola Avenue to get to other downtown streets, including the lake-bound lanes of Poydras, which will remain open during this time. Garages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will remain accessible from a portion of West Stadium Drive.
Traffic restrictions will intensify moving closer to the Super Bowl and on game day, February 3, 2013. Parking will be extremely limited throughout the Mardi Gras and Super Bowl festivities. Visitors are encouraged to utilize public transportation whenever possible. Starting Wednesday, January 30, enhanced streetcar services will be provided along all streetcar lines, bus services along streetcar lines will be added as needed. More information on addtional RTA service is attached.
Mayor Landrieu and City Officials first announced the upcoming road closures on December 11th during a press conference held prior to the Super Bowl Host Committee’s media luncheon.
The traffic plan, including maps for each date and time period, is available online at www.nola.gov/superbowl. The plan details initial road closures and suggested routes for commuters and tourists traveling in and out of the downtown, riverside and French Quarter areas of the city during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl and on game day.
WHO: Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Director for the Office of Homeland
Security and Emergency Preparedness
WHAT: Media availability to discuss first round of Super Bowl road closures
WHEN: FRIDAY, January 25, 2013 2PM-3PM
WHERE: Front steps of City Hall, 1300 Perido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112