Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works is composed of five divisions responsible for maintaining approximately 1,547 miles of streets (21,000,000 square yards of pavement) and 149 bridges in the City of New Orleans. This system includes 65,000 catch basins and approximately 8,200,000 linear feet of drainage lines. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is responsible for maintaining an additional 105 miles of state and federal highways within the City limits.
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Capital Improvement Program
The City and Sewerage and Water Board are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using a combination of local and federal funds, the $2.4B program will be the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation. The estimated 8-year program includes 200 individual projects. Learn more about the program at RoadWork.nola.gov.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The City of New Orleans urbanized area is protected by levees on all sides. To reduce flooding, rainfall runoff must be pumped out of the City using a system of drainage pipes and large pumps. During heavy rainfalls, stormwater can overload the capacity of the system and cause flooding. To increase the area’s resiliency, the City of New Orleans secured more than $120M in funding from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to implement a series of drainage upgrade and green infrastructure projects across the city with the goal of reducing flooding. Learn more about resilence projects here.
Paths to Progress
Paths to Progress is a transportation improvement program to rehabilitate, restore and enhance more than 60 roadway segments in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Click here for more info.