New Orleans East I-10 Service Roads Walking and Biking Connectivity Project

The City of New Orleans announced on March 12, 2024 that it will receive a $61.5M award from the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program from the US Department of Transportation to improve safety and mobility along the I-10 Service Roads in New Orleans East.  The award follows a feasibility study that was initiated in 2022, in partnership with the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD), to identify projects along the I-10 corridor to improve safety and mobility for people walking, bicycling, and using transit along the Service Roads. The feasibility study found that 6% of the City’s fatal crashes involving pedestrians occurred on the I-10 Service Roads in New Orleans East.  Through community meetings and stakeholder engagement, concepts were developed that laid the foundation for a strong and ultimately successful proposal for federal funding. Once the funding agreements are finalized, the City and its partners will initiate an environmental review and project design effort prior to the start of construction. 

Scope of work

The scope of work for this project includes:

  • Shared-use walk and bike trails along the North and South Service Roads of I-10 between Dwyer Road and I-510
  • Trail connections at existing interchanges: Crowder Blvd and Bullard Ave (Read Blvd is funded under a different project and will be constructed before this project)
  • Three new non-motorized bridge crossings of the Interstate in the vicinity of Mayo Road, Bundy Road, and Wright Road
  • Lighting along the Service Roads and non-motorized bridges
  • Installation of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections
  • Pedestrian crossing signals at major I-10 Service Road intersections

 Read full factsheet here.


The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) and the City of New Orleans are working together to create a safe and accessible network of walking and biking facilities and acknowledge that some communities experience a higher number of crashes with resultant fatalities or injuries to people walking and biking. Read full report here