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

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 72,000 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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  • clogged catch basin

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1300 Perdido Street 6W03 New Orleans, LA 70112


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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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Mobility and Safety

Programs & Initiatives

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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November 1, 2023 | From RoadWork


Infrastructure Industry Day and City of NOLA job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.  Complimentary Parking will be provided in the Convention Center Public Parking Lot adjacent to Hall I2 with registration. Convention Center Map Here

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April 1, 2023 | From RoadWork

Max Pave II

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) continually performs routine repairs to the city’s water and sewer pipes that lie below city streets. Once a repair is complete, the utility cut is backfilled temporarily with sand and crushed concrete.

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January 13, 2023 | From City of New Orleans

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Shifts on 5200 Paris Avenue

The City of New Orleans today announced that beginning Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor, Beverly Construction Inc., will temporarily close the lakebound travel lanes in the 5200 block of Paris Avenue to accommodate drainage work as part of the Gardena Drive (St. Bernard Avenue – Paris Avenue) construction project.

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October 27, 2022 | From RoadWork

Special Safety Precautions Planned During Upcoming Desire Roadwork

The City of New Orleans’ Department of Public Works continues development and implementation of the FEMA-funded Joint Infrastructure Recovery Roads program.

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October 20, 2022 | From City of New Orleans

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Full Road Closure on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (Jackson Avenue to St. Andrew Street)

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor, Barriere Construction Co., LLC, will temporarily close Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Jackson Avenue and St. Andrew Street for approximately eight weeks. Crews will work Monday through Friday, in addition to some weekend work to accommodate holidays and adverse weather conditions. This closure is required for the installation and connection of subsurface drainage, water and sewer lines at the intersection of Josephine Street and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard as part of Central City Group A project. Public safety is our priority; signage will be in place to direct traffic. 

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October 14, 2022 | From City of New Orleans

Traffic Advisory: Temporary Closure and Lane Shift in the 5200 Block of Paris Avenue

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works contractor Beverly Construction Inc. will temporarily close riverbound travel lanes in the 5200 block of Paris Avenue between Monday, Oct.17 at 7 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m. During this time, riverbound traffic will shift to one of the lakebound travel lanes on Paris Avenue.  This will allow for a single lane of vehicular traffic in each direction. The closure is necessary to accommodate drainage work as part of the Gardena Drive (St. Bernard Avenue – Paris Avenue) construction project. 

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