NEW ORLEANS–Today, the City of New Orleans announced a traffic plan in preparation for an upcoming feature film in the downtown area. The plan, which will be implemented in phases through mid-July, will include parking restrictions, lane and street closures in areas near the intersection of South Rampart Street and Common Street and portions of Tulane Avenue.
Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and the City’s Traffic Engineering Division have worked closely with the production company to minimize the impact to area business, residents and commuters. The production has also met with all property owners immediately affected by this activity. The plan for lane and street closures will be implemented with temporary signals, additional signs, re-timing of signals, and uniformed police officers posted daily at the intersections to assist with efficient traffic flow.
Film New Orleans assists productions with the City’s permitting process, connects productions with local crew and resources, and facilitates communication between productions and the local community. In 2012, New Orleans hosted 61 tax credit film projects (TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000), with direct spending of $669.8 million. In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with an estimated $544 million in direct spending.
The traffic plan will be implemented as follows:
March 25 to May 12
Beginning Monday, March 25, one lane closures and no parking will be in effect on the river side of a portion the 100 block of South Rampart Street and on the 1000 block of Common Street. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times and NOPD officers will be on site to ensure traffic flows smoothly.
April 1 to May 12
Starting Monday, April 1, 2013, one lane will be closed on the uptown side of the 1100 block of Tulane Avenue and one lane will be closed on the Canal Street side of the 200 of South Rampart Street. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times and NOPD officers will be on site to ensure traffic flows smoothly.
April 8 to May 12
One lane will be closed and parking will be restricted lake side of a portion of the 100 block of South Rampart Street. Also, one lane will be closed on the Canal Street side of the 1100 block of Tulane Avenue during this time. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times and NOPD officers will be on site to ensure traffic flows smoothly.
The City has posted a traffic map and other related information online at http://nola.gov/film, the home page for Film New Orleans. Additional information will be released and posted as it becomes available.