Infrastructure Projects

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed some of the most unique challenges New Orleans faces. Staffing shortages, resource constraints, and modifications of public services led to remediation backlogs and delays in critical infrastructure projects. Faced with the compounding threats of climate change and natural disasters, New Orleans emerged from the pandemic in disrepair.

Investment

ARPA funds will supplement several existing infrastructure investments by committing resources to key projects. New Orleans understood the meaning of resilience long before the COVID-19 pandemic and these projects will ensure that New Orleans is able to return to pre-pandemic levels of quality-of-life and can also weather any future storm to come.

Infrastructure Funds

Infrastructure Projects by Fund

ARPA Convenience Center Fund
Fund Amount: $2,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Convenience Center Development - Construction

Construction project that will build a convenience center as an alternative option for residents to dispose of waste properly.

DepartmentCAO
Participating OrganizationTBD
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

Project Highlight: Convenience Centers

Project Status: Planning

The Administration is working to create residential waste drop off centers, or convenience centers. With locations selected at City-owned properties in New Orleans East and Algiers, convenience centers will provide residents with the option to dispose of household waste outside of regular curbside collection. This initiative will offer a low-barrier option for New Orleanians to dispose of waste following events such as crawfish boils, construction projects, or moving, while also discouraging illegal dumping. ARPA funding will contribute to the creation of up to two initial sites, which are being developed now in partnership with Pivotal Engineering LLC. Construction is anticipated for early 2024 with sites being available for use later that year.

DPW Catch Basin Cleaning Fund
Fund Amount: $10,000,000

Projects in this fund:

DPW754 Drainage System Improvements District A, D, & E

Construction contract to clean and inspect drainage structures within council districts A, D, and E.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationCompliance EnviroSystems LLC
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW754 Drainage System Improvements District A, D, & E

Monitoring contract to supervise the field work associated with cleaning drainage structures within council districts A, D, and E.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationAll South Consulting Engineers, LLC
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW755 Drainage System Improvements Districts B and C

Construction contract to clean and inspect drainage structures within council districts B and C.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationCompliance EnviroSystems LLC
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW755 Drainage System Improvements Districts B and C

Monitoring contract to supervise the field work associated with cleaning drainage structures within council districts B and C.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationAll South Consulting Engineers, LLC
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW Right of Way Improvements Fund
Fund Amount: $3,000,000

Projects in this fund:

DPW756 Traffic Signal MastArm Rewiring & Retroreflective Backplate Installation

Construction project to rewire and install backplates on traffic signal mast arms throughout the city to increase resiliency during major wind events.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationWalter J Barnes Electric Co Inc
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW757 - Restore Pavement Marking

Construction project to refresh pavement markings at various intersections throughout the city.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationPavement Markings LLC
Project StatusProcurement
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

DPW758 - ARPA (Speed Management)

Engineering study to develop protocols, criteria, staffing and equipment requirments needed to deliver an effective speed management program.

DepartmentDPW
Participating OrganizationVectura Consulting Services
Project StatusExecution
Project ManagerMichal Mackie

Parks and Parkways Fund
Fund Amount: $2,500,000

Projects in this fund:

Parks and Parkways

DepartmentDPP
Project StatusPlanning
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Resilience Hubs Fund
Fund Amount: $1,000,000

Projects in this fund:

Community Lighthouse

Funding will support construction of resilience hubs at households of faith within Orleans Parish by installing backup batteries and solar panels for the purpose of strengthening relief efforts in the wake of a future disaster or major power outage.

DepartmentORS
Participating OrganizationTogether New Orleans
Project StatusMonitoring
Project ManagerAndrew Sensi

Project Highlight: Community Lighthouse

Project Status: Ongoing

         The City’s Office of Resilience & Sustainability has partnered with Together New Orleans on the organization's flagship Community Lighthouse Project. The project will use a combination of ARPA and Wisner Donation Fund dollars on the pilot phase to outfit and equip eight community institutions with solar panels and battery backup. The goal is to have more than 80 such hubs across the metropolitan area which will serve as places of shelter and relief for residents in the event of extended power loss from natural disasters.

“The Community Lighthouse Project emerged from a vision for an energy system that is resilient, affordable, and accessible to the most vulnerable. The Community Lighthouse Project is a critical step forward as New Orleanians work together to respond to climate-related disasters and serve the most vulnerable people in our communities. This project will strengthen community ownership over power generation and our capacity to provide care for one another when the next natural disaster strikes our city.”

–Together New Orleans

Orleans Parish Locations 16 Sites (Total) 4 Sites 4 sites
Expenses Pilot Phase ARPA Funds1 Wisner Funds2
Solar Build Cost $2,602,286 $468,469 $490,191
Battery Build Cost $2,781,989 $531,530 $509,809
Project Development Cost $549,196 N/A N/A
Program costs $527,658 N/A N/A
TOTAL $6,461,129 $1,000,000 $1,000,000

1ARPA funds will support build costs at the following locations: Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church, First Grace United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Broadmoor Community Church.

2Wisner funds will support build costs at the following locations: First Grace UMC, First Unitarian Church, Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church

SWBNO Substation Fund
Fund Amount: $15,000,000

Projects in this fund:

SWBNO Substation

Funding will construct a new SWBNO substation to replace outdated turbines and ensure redundancies in the city's pump system.

DepartmentCAO
Project StatusClosing
Project ManagerAll