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 
  • 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:

Department of Public Works
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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June 13, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: South Roman Street Closure for Construction

The City of New Orleans announced that on Thursday, June 13, the Office of Stormwater & Green Infrastructure’s contractor Impetus Infrastructure, LLC closed the field portion of A.L. Davis Park to begin the first portion of work for the DPW547A-DPS01 Watershed (Broadmoor HMGP) Drainage Upgrades and Green Infrastructure Project (Phase I). A temporary lane closure began at 7 a.m. in the 2800 block of South Roman Street and will remain in effect for approximately five months.

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June 11, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lane Closure on Pontchartrain Expressway for Streetlight Repairs

The City of New Orleans today announced that starting Wednesday, June 12 at approximately 9 a.m., the Department of Public Works (DPW), in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOTD), will close the westbound right lane along the stretch of the Pontchartrain Expressway between the Metairie Road off-ramp and the Metairie Road Overpass. This closure will include the Metairie Road off-ramp. 

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June 11, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Emergency Street Closure at the Intersection of Julia and South Peters Streets

The City of New Orleans today announced that effective immediately, the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Hard Rock Construction, LLC will temporarily close the intersection of Julia Street and S. Peters Street to accommodate emergency underground utility repairs. The intersection closure is expected to remain in effect through the end of the week. Signage and traffic control measures, such as barrels and fencing, will be on-site to direct drivers and pedestrians.

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June 10, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Julia Street Improvement Project Begins, Requiring Lane Closures

The City of New Orleans today announced that the Department of Public Works (DPW) contractor Hard Rock Construction, LLC began closing sections of Julia Street between Convention Center Boulevard and Loyola Avenue for street repairs on today, June 10. This work is part of the Julia Street Improvement Project. Crews are currently working on Julia Street between Convention Center Boulevard and Tchoupitoulas Street.

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June 6, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

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

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.

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June 5, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Temporary Lane Reduction on North Claiborne Avenue from Saint Roch Avenue to Arts Street

The City of New Orleans today announced that beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works (DPW) construction contractor Command Construction Industries, LLC will close the 1400 block of Mandeville Street from North Robertson Avenue to North Villere Street in order to perform a drain line tie-in (see map). All travel lanes will reopen by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

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