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

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

  • Engineering
  • Ground Transportation Bureau
  • Maintenance
  • Traffic Division
  • 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, cleaning and clearing catch basins of debris, repairing/replacing streetlight fixtures, poles, pole bases, wiring, circuitry, and junction boxes, and manages placement and maintenance of the city’s traffic signs and traffic signals. To report a maintenance issue, click here to contact 311.

Parking

The Department of Public Works/Parking 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.

Towing

DPW’s Parking Division is 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. This division is also 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

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1300 Perdido Street 6W03 New Orleans, LA 70112

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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

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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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May 24, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans to Deactivate School Zone Cameras for the Summer

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that all school zone traffic cameras will be deactivated for the summer.

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May 23, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Additional Lane Closures Implemented on Poydras Street Between Lasalle Street and S. Liberty Street

Today, the City of New Orleans announced that effective immediately, the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Hard Rock Construction, LLC will close an additional lane on the riverbound side of Poydras Street between Lasalle Street and S. Liberty Street. This closure is necessary for safety measures related to a 30-inch water leak. The street will remain closed until further notice. 

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May 22, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

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

Beginning Thursday, May 23, weather permitting, City of New Orleans Department of Public Works’ contractor Wallace C. Drennan, Inc. will begin roadway restoration that will temporarily close the northbound lane of Congress Drive between Chef Menteur Highway and Stephen Girard Avenue.

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May 21, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closure on Interstate 10 for Streetlight Repairs

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Wednesday, May 22 at approximately 9:30 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 Interstate 10 between the 17th Street Canal and the Interstate-10 westbound on-ramp for interstate lighting repairs. For more details, please refer to the attached map. 

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May 14, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closures on Poydras Street

Today, the City of New Orleans announced that starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Hard Rock Construction, LLC will initiate the process of marking out Poydras Street from South Claiborne Avenue to Convention Center Boulevard for imminent repairs. Construction is scheduled to begin on May 20. 

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May 14, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closure on Interstate 610 for Streetlight Repairs

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Wednesday, May 15 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 Interstate 610 between Paris Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue off-ramp. This closure will also include the Gentilly Boulevard on-ramp, Broad Street on-ramp and the Elysian Fields Avenue off-ramp. For more details, please refer to the attached map.

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