City Celebrates Groundbreaking on $6.1 Million City Park Project

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City officials broke ground Wednesday, Dec. 30, on the $6.1 million FEMA-funded City Park Group A project in District A. The funding is split nearly in half between Department of Public Works at $3.3 million and Sewerage and Water Board at $2.8 million.

“This is one of our larger projects in the City Park neighborhood, and it is another example of how we have prioritized infrastructure improvements across the City of New Orleans ” says Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “It will activate $6.1 million worth of infrastructure dollars of our larger spending on roadwork.  We have been intentional about moving these projects, and we know this will bring overall improvement into our neighborhoods and better streets for our city.”

Construction began on the project in September 2020 and will include work on waterline replacements, roadway repairs, and installation of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps at intersections. The project will impact 21 different streets and 64 individual blocks in the City Park neighborhood and is expected to be completed by Fall 2021.

“I am extremely proud of the collective work and commitment from The Department of Public Works and the Sewerage and Water Board, led by Mayor Cantrell, to keep these critical infrastructure projects moving during a global pandemic,” said Ghassan Korban, Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board. “It is a testament to our unyielding dedication to the people of our great city.”

Ramsey Green, deputy CAO for Infrastructure, says that nearly $40 million in projects in Council District A have been completed with another $100 million in construction underway.

“These projects show our commitment to improving infrastructure, which in turn improves the quality of life for all residents,” says Joseph Giarrusso, District A Councilmember. “This project, in tandem with additional drainage improvements slated for the Navarre neighborhood, should reduce the burden of heavy storms near City Park. I’m excited to see the City Park Group A project finally come to fruition.”