April 11th, 2012 4:16PM
As New Orleanians eagerly await the streetcar expansion along Loyola Avenue, the Regional Transit Authority and the City of New Orleans announce that traffic in the Loyola corridor of Downtown NOLA has been rerouted due to construction. The RTA reports that, “These detours and closures are required to facilitate the replacement of a major water line and relocation of other subsurface utilities.” This streetcar expansion project was made possible by the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program, through which the RTA secured a $45 million federal grant. Once completed, the project is expected to bring considerable economic benefits to Downtown NOLA and surrounding areas. “This project has already generated major economic investments in the corridor, and more are expected," said RTA Board Chairman Barbara Major. “The patience of those inconvenienced by this project is greatly appreciated."
The traffic flow changes, which took effect Monday, April 9, are as follows:
- Elk Place (riverside) between Tulane Avenue and Canal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for a period of 30-45 days. Canal Street-bound traffic will be detoured to O’Keefe Avenue.
- Bus routes 28 M.L.King, 39 Tulane, 51/52 St. Bernard, 57 Franklin, 62 Morrison, 63 New Orleans East Owl, 64 Lake Forest Express, 84 Galvez, 88 St. Claude, 100 Algiers Owl, 101 Algiers Loop, 102 General Meyer and 114/115 General DeGaulle will be affected.
- Loyola Avenue (riverside) between Gravier Street and Tulane Avenue will be open for local access only.
Click here to view the RTA press release
For questions or concerns about the traffic closures, call the Hotline at 1-855-522-5254. For updates about RTA service, please visit www.norta.com and sign up for My RTA.