NEW ORLEANS -- To accommodate the installation of the overhead wiring system on the Regional Transit Authority’s new Loyola Avenue Streetcar, the river-bound lanes on Canal Street at the Elk Place intersection will be closed to river-bound Canal Street vehicular traffic for seven-ten days beginning Saturday, December 8. Lake-bound lanes on Canal Street will not be affected any further.
During the shut-down, all river-bound traffic will be detoured from Canal Street to Claiborne Avenue and at LaSalle Street to Poydras Street and back to Canal Street via O’Keefe Avenue. No later than December 17, a right turn lane will be open from Canal Street at the Elk Place intersection, allowing river-bound Canal Street traffic to be detoured up Loyola Avenue, and the Tulane Avenue intersection will be open to further alleviate congestion.
On Monday, December 10 only, the Canal Streetcar service will be replaced by bus service from the Cemeteries and City Park to and from the river as a portion of the overhead work is complete. Buses will be re-routed from Canal Street to Crozat Street to Iberville Street and back to Canal Street along North Rampart Street for the duration of the work period.
“As we near the completion of this important transportation project, we are forced to close the intersection so that the electrical system that will power the streetcars can be installed,” said Justin Augustine, CEO of Veolia Transportation, which manages the RTA. “There has been significant progress along the corridor, with intersections from Howard Avenue to Gravier Street now fully open.”
Other work underway includes the finishing touches at the multi-modal station shelter at the Union Passenger Terminal and overhead wiring system from Howard Avenue to Tulane Avenue. Construction crews continue to work double shifts to complete the work by mid-January.
RTA secured a $45 million federal grant for the streetcar project through the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, which funds innovative projects with significant economic and environmental benefits for the surrounding community and region. The project has stimulated more than $2 billion in economic development in the corridor and surrounding area.
For more information, call the Hotline at 855-522-5254 or look for updates on Facebook/upt-canal street rail expansion. For service-related information, visit www.norta.com.