NEW ORLEANS – As part of ongoing construction of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with its partners at the St. Bernard Parish Government, the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will shift north and southbound traffic on Highway 46 near Verret. The final traffic control phase for this project – Phase 3 – will begin on or around December 3 and remain in effect until construction is complete next spring.
Phase 3 will require northbound traffic south of the floodgates to cross over to use the single inside southbound lane of the highway. Northbound traffic will cross back over to the northbound lanes just north of the floodgates (pictured below).
The project consists of constructing two new adjacent vehicular floodgates across Highway 46 - one across the southbound lanes and the other across the northbound lanes - to elevation 30 feet. Lane shifts are necessary to ensure public safety during construction and to meet the Corps’ operational goal of providing 100-year risk reduction for the 2011 hurricane season.
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. 10-009