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Home » Department of Public Works » Projects » Canal Blvd. Restriping
The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking additional input from New Orleans residents on proposed changes to the roadway configuration of Canal Blvd. between Harrison Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd. in Lakeview.
Existing Roadway Configuration
Canal Blvd. between Harrison Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd. is a divided street with two 28-foot wide roadways consisting of two travel lanes and a parking lane in each direction. Each side of the roadway includes a 6-inch mountable curb and 4-foot wide sidewalks. The left travel lane is 10.5’ wide and the right travel lane and parking lane encompass the remaining 17.5’ of the roadway. The travel lane on this section of roadway is generally 11 feet wide and, although unmarked, the parking lane is 6 feet wide. The image below shows the current roadway configuration.
DPW has received feedback from residents on Canal Blvd. who are reluctant to park their vehicles in the 6 feet wide parking lane due to the narrow width of the parking lane (parking lanes are typically 7 to 9 feet wide) and to speeding on the street. In response, many of the residents park their vehicles on the sidewalk area beyond the curb, which is not permitted by the City code. Additionally, some residents have paved portions of the sidewalk area to facilitate the parking of their vehicles in this area. Paving the public right of way is also prohibited by City Code.
Proposed Roadway Configuration
In response to requests from residents along Canal Blvd. between Harrison Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd., DPW was asked for assistance to address the parking conditions and reduce speeding in this area.
DPW performed a study including on-site observations and recommends that:
A traffic analysis completed by the DPW showed that Canal Blvd. between Harrison Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd. is currently meeting criteria for a level-of-service “A.” The proposed lane reduction would not change the acceptable level of service.
Yes. DPW investigated the feasibility of eliminating a vehicular travel lane, the addition of a bicycle lane and the enlargement of the parking lane. The addition of a bicycle lane has been proven through studies to reduce speeding and accidents. View examples of road diets reducing speeding and crashes here.
The installation of a traffic safety camera will monitor vehicular speeds on Canal Blvd. The camera will augment the efforts of NOPD and will also reduce speeding. Avoid citations by referencing the list of frequently violated parking and traffic regulations on our Parking 101 page.
DPW’s recommendation calls for two vehicular travel lanes to be maintained at the intersections of Canal Blvd. at Harrison Ave. and Robert E. Lee Blvd. At these intersections the dedicated bike lane will transition to a shared lane. For guidelines on how to safely share the roadway, visit our Bikeway page.
Restriping Canal Blvd. to reconfigure the roadway with one 13-foot wide travel lane, a 6-foot wide dedicated bicycle lane, and a 9-foot wide parking lane will cost approximately $75,000.
The timeline for restriping will vary depending on feedback collected from residents.
Many of the streets in Lakeview were built with a portion of the public right of way extending from the edge of the pavement to between 4 and12 feet to the property line. This space is intended to allow City-owned and other utilities to be buried slightly underground but remain accessible for maintenance. These utility lines are not designed or buried deep enough to withstand the weight of vehicles parked on top of them and are susceptible to damage. Paving the public right-of-way also prevents the underground utilities from being easily accessed in the case of an emergency or for maintenance.
Additionally, vehicles parked on the sidewalk may also force pedestrians, people in wheelchairs and people in or pushing strollers to walk in the street to get around parked vehicles. Such conditions are inconsistent with the City’s Complete Streets policy.
Property owners failing to follow the City code can certainly be cited for non-compliance however, DPW is attempting to address issues residents have raised about the availability of safe curbside parking in their neighborhood.
Additionally, parking pads obstructing the sidewalk are inconsistent with the City’s Complete Streets policy.
Excessive paving is an issue throughout the City and inconsistent with the City’s policy which calls for the consideration of healthy street ecology. When parking pads are converted back into green space they will help absorb water, prevent subsidence and minimize the risk of damaging underground utilities. Learn more about the City’s Resilience Strategy here.
Property owners have been notified that the public right-of-way requires restoration. Vehicles parking on the city sidewalks are eligible to be cited for non-compliance. Additionally, the City has the ability to remove the parking pads and bill the associated property for non-compliance.
Last updated: 5/3/2016 1:32:29 PM