Corps to begin clearing trees on Louisiana Avenue Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA)

Published March 9, 2015

UPDATE:  The start date has changed to Wednesday March 11.

NEW ORLEANS -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and its contractor will begin clearing the neutral ground of all trees and shrubs on Louisiana Avenue between South Claiborne and Constance Street as part of the Southeast Louisiana Drainage Project (SELA). Weather permitting, this activity will begin on Tues. March 10 and take approximately ten days to complete. Throughout construction, public safety is the Corps’ number one priority.

All tree removal activity associated with this project has been coordinated with the City of New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. A licensed arborist will be on site to oversee the neutral ground work Monday – Friday between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

The $82M drainage contract calls for constructing approximately 7,300 linear feet of concrete covered box culvert under the neutral ground along Louisiana Avenue, tying into existing drainage at South Claiborne Avenue and Constance Street. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2018, after which landscaping will be restored. The Corps will continue to coordinate with the City of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board, as well as interested residents in developing a landscape design.

For more information on the SELA project:

 Construction Hotline: (504) 585-2450

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Rene Poche

Release no. 15-011