Napoleon Avenue Landscaping and Roadway Configuration
CITY ANNOUNCES NAPOLEON AVENUE ROADWAY CONFIGURATION UPON
COMPLETION OF SELA PROJECT
After a thorough analysis and careful consideration of public comments regarding the configuration of Napoleon Avenue following the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA) completion, the City has announced the final roadway configuration.
The roadway configuration for Napoleon Avenue will be two ten-foot wide vehicle travel lanes, one five-foot wide dedicated bicycle lane, and one seven-foot wide parking lane in each direction. The neutral ground along Napoleon Avenue will be restored to its original, pre-construction width of forty-seven feet. A six-foot wide paved walking path with historical energy-efficient lighting will also be installed along the Napoleon Avenue neutral ground along with additional landscaping.
Pictured above is a conceptual image of the landscaping and roadway configuration for Napoleon
Public discussion of possible roadway configurations for Napoleon Avenue began this summer. The City created a webpage with detailed information about the Napoleon Avenue roadway configuration and solicited public comment. A total of 1,725 comments were received, with approximately 70 percent in support of the installation of dedicated bicycle lanes along Napoleon Avenue.
The installation of bicycle lanes on Napoleon Avenue is in full accordance with the City’s Master Plan and Complete Streets Program. Biking is an important mode of transportation in New Orleans that is a healthy, safe and equitable commuting option for residents and visitors. Dedicated bicycle lanes are safer for drivers and cyclists and address social equity by providing low cost, safe routes to and from work and school for residents without access to an automobile. As bicycle ridership increases, the City is committed to expanding our network of bikeways. According to the League of American Bicyclists, New Orleans currently ranks fifth in the nation amongst large cities in the percentage of residents who bike to work. With the completion of the Lafitte Greenway’s bicycle and pedestrian path, New Orleans will have more than 100 miles of bikeways.
City seeks input on SELA Landscaping and Roadway Configuration on Napoleon Ave.
The City of New Orleans, Department of Public Works (DPW), asked for additional input from New Orleans residents and business owners on the proposed landscaping and roadway configuration of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA) Napoleon Ave. (S. Claiborne Ave. to Constance St.) project.
The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project (SELA) is a multi-year construction program, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), designed to reduce the risk of flooding due to rainfall events. There are currently eleven of twenty SELA construction contracts underway in the City, each in various stages of construction.
The final phase of each SELA construction project is restoration of the public right-of-way. The Corps worked with the City, landscape architects, historians, arborists, engineers, planners, and other stakeholders, to develop draft design guidelines for landscaping once SELA construction is completed.
The proposed plan was intended to be consistent with the historic context of the impacted neighborhoods, enhance quality of life, be sustainable, comply with the Complete Streets Policy and satisfy mandated environmental mitigation requirements.
Pictured left is the Napoleon Ave. neutral ground
on the lake side of S. Claiborne Ave. The Corps is
proposing the landscaping and roadway configuration
on the river side of Napoleon Ave., between S. Claiborne
Ave. and Constance St., to be consistent with the landscaping
already in place on the lake side of S. Claiborne Ave.
Proposed Roadway Configurations:
The SELA projects present a unique opportunity to change the roadway configuration, where possible, to improve the quality of life in the communities impacted by this work and to include increasing accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Pictured above is a conceptual image of the proposed landscaping and roadway configuration for Napoleon
Ave. between S. Claiborne Ave. and Constance St. It is recommended that this roadway configuration be
extended, beyond the SELA project limit, from Constance St. to Tchoupitoulas St.
The proposed roadway configuration took into account the character of the neighborhoods affected by the SELA construction, the City’s Master Plan, best management practices, considers maintenance and the City’s Complete Streets Policy. The City’s proposed configuration of Napoleon Ave. (S. Claiborne – Tchoupitoulas) project is as follows:
(S. Claiborne - Tchoupitoulas)
2 driving lanes and a parking lane, in each direction
2 driving lanes and a parking lane, in each direction
No bike lane
A dedicated bike lane in each direction
47-foot wide median
38-foot wide median, planted with native grasses and trees with a 6-foot wide paved walking path and historical energy-efficient lighting
The DPW asked for feedback on the proposed configuration of Napoleon Ave. once the SELA construction is completed. The deadline to submit feedback on the Napoleon Ave. landscaping and roadway configuration was July 29, 2015. DPW reviewed all requests to determine a path forward. Please complete our feedback form below.
Questions about the SELA Landscaping and Roadway Configuration project may be directed the Department of Public Works at 504-658-8483.
For more information on the SELA projects visit: www.mvn.usace.army.mil.