June 6, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closures on Congress Drive from Stephen Girard Avenue to Chef Menteur Highway

Congress Drive


NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced that beginning Thursday, June 6, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Wallace C. Drennan, Inc. will begin roadway restoration that will temporarily close the southbound lane of Congress Drive between Stephen Girard Avenue and Chef Menteur Highway. This closure is being held to accommodate construction on the Gentilly Woods Group F construction project. Changes to traffic patterns and lane closures will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 6 and will remain in effect for approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Public safety is top priority; signage and traffic control measures, such as barrels and fencing, will be onsite to direct drivers and pedestrians.

During this temporary lane closure, crews will be working in the closed lane of travel to perform removal of roadway and utility repairs. Southbound vehicle traffic will be temporarily detoured to Stephen Girard Avenue to continue to Louisa Drive to reach Chef Menteur Highway (see map). Residents and businesses in this area were notified of the closure via a neighborhood canvass. 

The $48.1 million Gentilly Woods Group F project was designed by EJES Inc. and is being constructed by Wallace C. Drennan, Inc. Click here to view the community meeting presentation and map of the project. The scope of work varies by block but includes repairing sewage, water and drainage line, as well as rebuilding the street entirely and repairing sidewalks and curbs. In general, the contractor is working from 7 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Friday. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by Summer of 2024, weather permitting. 

For more information, visit Questions about this project or RoadworkNOLA should be directed to 504.658.ROAD (7623) or

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The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) are working together to implement an unprecedented program to restore our damaged infrastructure. Using local and federal funds, the $2.3 billion program is the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation.