NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City and State officials commemorated the completion of the New Orleans Streetscape Project. In total $3 million in infrastructure improvements have been completed along Read Boulevard (I-10 Service Road to Dwyer Road), Crowder Boulevard (I-10 Service Road to Dwyer Road), and Lake Forest Boulevard (Bundy Road to Wright Street).
“The completion of the New Orleans East Streetscape Project is another example of our continued investment in rebuilding and growing the New Orleans East community,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “This project is important to the City’s Place-based Development Strategy of New Orleans East. These streetscape improvements will tie together additional City investments like the $30 million in improvements to nearly complete Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, the $130 million New Orleans East Hospital which is currently under construction, and the completed $7.6 million New Orleans East Regional Library and $5.8 NOPD Seventh District Police Station.”
A streetscape is a public improvement project that enhances the public area and triggers subsequent recovery and investment in surrounding neighborhoods. Improvements include new sidewalks along Lake Forest Boulevard with access to the New Orleans East Regional Library and Joe W. Brown Park, new seating and trash receptacles in the small park at the corner of Lake Forest Boulevard and Wright Street, a new walking path on Lake Forest Boulevard, installation of 140 additional streetlights and more than 350 new trees, and dedicated bike lanes on Read, Crowder, and Lake Forest boulevards.
District E Councilmember James A. Gray II said, “This streetscape project is a big step that will encourage further development in New Orleans East.”
The infrastructure improvements projects are funded by $3 million in Disaster-Community Development Block Grants (D-CDBG) funds. The infrastructure improvements were designed by Phoenix Global Construction and constructed by Command Construction, LLC.
Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Community Development Cedric Grant said, “Streetscape projects bring communities together. The New Orleans East community will benefit greatly from the enhanced walkability this project allows. Furthermore, the dedicated bike lane will further encourage bicycle transit in the area which relieves traffic congestion and promotes healthier living.”
Louisiana Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes said, “Walking and biking paths that are well-lit and lined with shade trees can play a vital role in revitalizing communities and improving quality of life by bringing people out and getting people together in their neighborhood. This New Orleans East Streetscape project is yet another brick in the rebuilding of this vibrant community."