NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with its partners at the City of New Orleans, the Orleans Levee District and the Department of Transportation and Development, will close the westbound on-ramp from Hayne Boulevard to Stars and Stripes Boulevard beginning on March 2 at 9 a.m. Access to the ramp will close everyday thereafter between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. until construction is complete in June 2011.
During these hours, westbound traffic on Hayne Boulevard attempting to access Leon C. Simon Drive and the Senator Ted Hickey (Seabrook) Bridge will be able to do so by continuing straight on Hayne Boulevard and then turning right on Downman Road. From there, motorists will be able to turn left onto Leon C. Simon Drive. Drivers attempting to access the Lakefront Airport can do so by turning right onto Leon C. Simon Drive from Downman Road.
Westbound traffic on Hayne Boulevard will be reduced to one lane throughout the detour (shown on the map on page 2). Drivers are advised to maintain caution through this area. The lane closures along Hayne Boulevard will remain in effect until June 2011.
The Corps is closing the on-ramp to ensure public safety during construction of a new floodwall along the lakefront as part of the Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). When complete, the system will be able to defend against a storm that has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year, or a 100-year storm.
The Corps and its contractors will continue to work diligently to ensure that the HSDRRS is operational by June 2011. Questions and / or concerns related to road closures and construction impacts can be addressed on the Corps’ Construction Impacts Hotline: 877-427-0345.
Release no. 11-100