1,547 street miles. 149 bridges. 72,000 catch basins.

Divisions

 

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is comprised of five (5) divisions:

  • Engineering
  • Ground Transportation Bureau
  • Maintenance
  • Traffic 
  • Parking & Towing

To report an issue for one of these divisions, click here to contact 311.

Not all infrastructure issues are the responsibility of the Department of Public Works. Water, sewer and drainage complaints are addressed by the Sewerage & Water Board (SWB)

Engineering 

DPW offers Construction Engineers working in the City specific guidelines to ensure they meet all City codes and standards. 

Ground Transportation Bureau

GTB oversees permitting, regulating and enforcement of vehicles and drivers operating for-hire, including taxis, pedicabs, and buses, as well as tour guides, tour planners and tour companies within the city of New Orleans. The GTB office is closed to the public so all applications for GTB are required to be submitted online.

Maintenance

The DPW Maintenance Division is responsible for filling potholes, and cleaning and clearing catch basins of debris.  To report a maintenance issue, click here to contact 311.

Traffic

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division is responsible for installing and maintaining the city's traffic signs, signals, and roadway striping. The Division also handles permits for street closures and construction activities in public rights-of-way, including work on streets, sidewalks, and underground utilities.

Additionally, the Traffic Engineering Division oversees the city's streetlight system. This includes repairing and replacing streetlight fixtures, poles, pole bases, wiring, circuitry, and junction boxes. To report a traffic-related issue, click here to contact 311.

Parking & Towing

The Department of Public Works Parking & Towing Division issues tickets when parking regulations, outlined in the City of New Orleans Municipal Code, are violated. Avoid parking tickets by referencing the list of frequently violated parking regulations here.

The Division is also responsible for enforcement of City ordinances in regard to public safety by managing curb space (on-street parking) in certain densely populated areas. Measures include ticketing and towing violating vehicles, immobilizing vehicles, and towing abandoned vehicles. Additionally, this Division is responsible for establishing and managing residential parking zones throughout the City. The City may tow cars immediately in the interest of public safety.

DPW Main Division

Email DPW Main Division
1300 Perdido Street 6W03 New Orleans, LA 70112

9am—5pm
Monday—Friday

Department of Public Works includes:

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Services

Programs & Initiatives
Accessibility of Streets and Sidewalks

The Department of Public Works (DPW) addresses a variety of issues that impact the accessibility of streets and sidewalks within Orleans Parish These include providing physical accessibility features on City of New Orleans streets, a process for public accommodation requests, a means by which accommodation grievance procedures can be initiated, and tracking progress toward compliance.

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Programs & Initiatives
Mobility and Safety

Programs & Initiatives
RoadWork

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 $2.3B program is the most comprehensive that our region has seen in a generation.

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Latest News

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July 19, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Temporary Lane Closures at Intersection of Franklin Avenue and North Villere Street Extended

The City of New Orleans today announced the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) construction contractor Command Construction Industries, LLC will extend traffic pattern changes near the intersection Franklin Avenue at North Villere Street through August 16 to accommodate the tie-in of a 36" RCP into a box culvert located within the intersection of Franklin Avenue and N. Villere Street.

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July 16, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closure on Metairie Road Overpass for Streetlight Repairs

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Wednesday, July 17 at approximately 9 a.m., the Department of Public Works (DPW), in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOTD), will close the eastbound right lane along the stretch of the Metairie Road Overpass between the Lake Lawn entrance and Hollygrove Street. This closure will include the Exit 232.

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July 12, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Traffic Advisory: Roadway Patching on Poydras Street between Loyola Avenue and Convention Center Boulevard

The City of New Orleans announced today that starting Monday, July 15, 2024 at 7 a.m., the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Hard Rock Construction, LLC will initiate lane closures on Poydras Street between Loyola Avenue and Convention Center Boulevard.

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July 12, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Traffic Advisory: Street Closure on Lombard Street

The City of New Orleans announced starting today, July 12, 2024 access to Lombard Street will be closed between Music Street and St. Roch Avenue. The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works’ contractor, Hard Rock Construction, LLC., will perform deep drain work on Lombard Street. This temporary will remain in effect for approximately 5 days. 

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July 5, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Temporary Lane Closures at Intersection of Franklin Avenue and North Villere Street

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Monday, July 8, 2024 at 7 a.m., the Department of Public Works construction contractor, Command Construction Industries, L.L.C, will begin tying in a 36" RCP into a box culvert located within the intersection of Franklin Avenue and N. Villere Street.

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July 4, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: The City of New Orleans Reminds Residents of Continued Construction Near Superdome

The City of New Orleans reminds residents and visitors of the continued construction on Poydras Street between S. Claiborne Avenue and LaSalle Street. To ensure safety, both the City and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) have temporarily paused their respective construction activities in this area.

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