Corps to temporarily close lane on Lakeshore Drive near London Avenue PCCP / Update on Orleans Avenue PCCP closure

Published Aug. 28, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District (MVN), and its contractor will temporarily close one eastbound lane on Lakeshore Drive between Pratt Drive and the entrance to the University of New Orleans.  The approximately thirty-day, seven-day per week closure will begin during the week of Sept. 2 to accommodate construction of the London Avenue Canal PCCP.  The sidewalk on the south side of Lakeshore Drive will also remain closed during this period between Pratt Drive and the entrance to the University of New Orleans.  Throughout construction, public safety is the Corps’ number one priority. 

The lane closure will allow workers to safely remove excavated material from the canal. Residents and commuters should anticipate 24-hour working conditions, as well as an increase in truck traffic entering and exiting the site on Lakeshore Drive.  The Corps and its contractor urge residents to be mindful of construction signage and to remain outside of designated construction areas. 

The Corps and its contractor will reopen the lane closures on Lakeshore Drive between Marconi Drive and the Mardi Gras Fountain near the Orleans Avenue PCCP for Labor Day weekend.  The closures will be removed in the morning on Saturday, Aug. 30 and then begin again in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 2. 

The PCCP at 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue will provide a permanent and more sustainable measure for reducing the risk of a 100-year level storm surge entering the outfall canals.  The Interim Closure Structures (ICS) will continue to provide 100-year levels of storm surge risk reduction until the PCCP are constructed and commissioned in 2017. 

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Rene Poche

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