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St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line service set to return on Sept. 6

Published Sept. 2, 2015

St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line service set to return on Sept. 6

SELA construction under streetcar line along St. Charles Avenue is complete

 NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is tentatively scheduled to return to normal streetcar service Sept. 6, 2015 following the completion of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) under the streetcar line at three St. Charles Avenue intersections.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors have completed the construction of box culverts under the streetcar line on St. Charles Avenue at the intersections of Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson avenues.  This construction required the removal and replacement of the streetcar tracks at these intersections. Box culvert construction is still required through the intersections of some areas of St. Charles Avenue, however, this will not impact streetcar service or cause additional traffic delays. Once the contracts are complete, the culverts will run the length of Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson avenues from S. Claiborne Avenue to Constance Street and tie into existing drainage lines.

During construction, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provided bus bridge service which will continue until streetcar service resumes. Currently, residents should expect to see streetcars’ moving along the line as RTA tests the tracks. For updates, please visit www.norta.com

Throughout construction, the Corps will continue to work closely with its partners at the City of New Orleans and the RTA.

For more information on the SELA project:

·        Construction Hotline: (877) 427-0345

·        Facebook: www.facebook.com/SELAfloodprotection | Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamNewOrleans

·        Website: www.mvn.usace.army.mil

The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) reduces the risk of flood damages due to rainfall flooding in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. The improvements generally support the parishes’ master drainage plans and provide flood risk reduction up to a level associated with a 10-year rainfall event. A 10-year event is basically a rain storm that has a 10% annual probability of occurrence and equates to approximately 9 inches of rain over a 24-hour period. The project includes a total of over $2 billion dollars of improvements in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.

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Contact
Ricky Boyett
Ricky.D.Boyett@usace.army.mil

Release no. 15-046