City officials and neighborhood leaders celebrated the completion of the $4.5 million Filmore North Group A roadwork project in the Gentilly area on May 4.

“There is much more to come in District D,” said Ramsey Green, Deputy CAO for Infrastructure. “There will be an estimated $305 million more worth of construction over the next several years, and $37 million of that will be in the Filmore North and South neighborhoods.”

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) is a partner in the Joint Infrastructure Program. About $833,000 of the $4.5 million budget for this phase of the project came from the SWBNO.

Observing social distancing measures undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Infrastructure Deputy CAO Ramsey Green and Councilman Brossett performed an “air ribbon cutting”.

“The completion of the Filmore North Group A roadwork project marks a major milestone for the Filmore neighborhood. Not only did this project bring repairs to 25 streets, it marks the first stage of more than $37 million in repairs for the neighborhood,” said District D Councilman Jared Brossett.

The Filmore North Group A project began in February 2019. Work included: replacing damaged underground water, sewer, and drainage lines; repaving asphalt roadways; patching roadways with asphalt or concrete; repairing or replacing damaged sidewalks and driveway aprons; and Installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections

“As we’ve noted recently, while we continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, we also remained focused on our need to improve our city’s aging infrastructure, spend our federal funding on time, get projects completed, and have that infrastructure as sound as possible heading into hurricane season. This project is another example of that work getting done,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Now, the residents who live on the more than 60 blocks between Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Mirabeau Avenue have better streets and an overall improved quality of life.”

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