Newly repaved Uptown Roads

The T-P did an article today about the logic of repaving in New Orleans and included a handy map of some newly repaved roads in Uptown. Thought you guys might be interested in looking that this.

“If you do that fairly regularly, it’s a cheaper way to maintain the streets,” Mendoza said.

Residents of three Uptown neighborhoods recently began to feel the effects of Mendoza’s preferred method as construction crews worked block by block in small sections of town, patching minor damage and pouring new asphalt.

While the project in the St. Mary area included short portions of just two streets, scores of blocks covering a total of 1¤3/4 miles in the Irish Channel and West Riverside neighborhoods got a facelift.

Mendoza said the city consulted with Entergy New Orleans and the Sewerage & Water Board to make sure that streets slated for smoothing weren’t scheduled to be dug up during the next several years for routine maintenance of utility or drainage lines.

The chosen streets were good candidates for the city’s first stab at neighborhood-wide street rehabilitation because they didn’t flood in Hurricane Katrina, meaning damage to subsurface utilities was not as great as in swamped areas.

Together, the street projects cost about $2.5 million, financed by bonds sold in 2005, city records show. The city hired MWH Inc. as the consulting engineer and Boh Brothers Construction Co. as the contractor for all three jobs.

While Mendoza hailed the projects as a success, it’s unlikely the systematic restoration process will be replicated in other neighborhoods anytime soon.

Street repairs are on hold in most areas that flooded because the S&WB and Entergy haven’t finished their repairs, he said.

“We can’t do these everywhere because there are some places where the Sewerage & Water Board has major repairs that need to be done, or where Entergy still needs to convert the gas lines,” Mendoza said.”

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3 responses to “Newly repaved Uptown Roads

  1. RideTHISbike.com

    I’m glad the City is repaving Laurel. If you’re cycling between Audubon Park and the Garden District, Laurel St is a far safer alternative than St. Charles Ave, Magazine or Tchoupitoulas…

    Larry
    RideTHISbike.com

  2. Lauren Rae Sullivan

    Now only if they’re finish the job and repave Laurel between Napoleon and Washington we’d have a really nice alternative to Magazine in both directions.

  3. RideTHISbike.com

    Unless the coming Obama stimulus plan coughs up new money to resurface streets in New Orleans, it will be a few years before that happens.

    Would you be open to including mass transit routes and stops on the NOLA Cycle Maps as well as a sketch that shows how to secure a bicycle on the bus bike racks currently on mass transit buses in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish?

    Given the poor quality of New Orleans area streets and the many water crossings separating sections of the metro area, combining mass transit and cycling would make it much easier, safer and faster to traverse the area via bicycle.

    Regards,
    Larry Lagarde
    RideTHISbike.com

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