May 12, 2022 | From City of New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced the completion of a $2 million roadway improvement project on Old Spanish Trail in New Orleans East.  

“As we celebrate the completion of another critical infrastructure project, this announcement signifies our continued efforts to prioritize roadway repairs coupled with necessary sewerage, water line and drainage improvements," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "My administration will continue to invest in our communities by leveraging City bonds, voted on by the residents, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through their National Disaster Resiliency Competition Grant.”   

“It’s good to see much needed restoration and reconstruction of public infrastructure to help New Orleans East, one of our strongest residential communities in the city,” said New Orleans City Councilmember Oliver Thomas of District E.   

The Old Spanish Trail roadway project was designed to completely restore and reconstruct the 11000 through 11400 street blocks, repair sidewalks and curbs and repair or replace sewerage, water and drainage lines. Additionally, the project brought curbs in the area up to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

“We are proud to announce the completion of the Old Spanish Trail project, a more than 500K investment by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, that focuses on infrastructure resiliency and reliability,” said Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Executive Director Ghassan Korban. “We applaud this administration for prioritizing this historical and culturally significant neighborhood and we are honored to serve alongside Mayor Cantrell and the Department of Public Works as they lead New Orleans into brighter days.”  

“We are excited to reach the conclusion of another critical infrastructure project in New Orleans East,” said Department of Public Works Acting Director Josh Hartley. “Projects like Old Spanish Trail not only enhance the quality of life for residents along this corridor, but also serve as a strong indicator of progress ahead. I would like to thank the entire project team for all their work – both behind the scenes and on the ground – to get this project completed.” 

The City officially broke ground on this project in January 2021.  

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