City Issues Traffic Advisory For Gert Town

NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans issued a traffic advisory to temporarily close portions of Drexel Drive and Washington Avenue near Xavier University. The City is currently constructing an elevated pedestrian crossing over Washington Avenue, the Washington Avenue Drainage Canal and Drexel Drive.

         Beginning Monday, June 22, 2015, at 5:00 a.m., and lasting through Monday, June 29, 2015, at 5:00 a.m., Drexel Drive between Pine and Short Streets will be closed to through traffic. The closure will allow the construction contractor to assemble portions of the new pedestrian bridge. Motorists may use Washington Avenue as an alternate route. The closure will remain in effect both day and night; however, crews will only be working from sunrise to sunset.

         Immediately following the re-opening of Drexel Drive, Washington Avenue between Short and Pine Streets will be closed to through traffic. The closure will begin Monday, June 29, 2015, at 5:00 a.m. and last through Friday, July 3, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. to allow the construction contractor to continue the new bridge installation. Motorists may use Drexel Drive or Stroelitz Street as alternate routes. The closure will remain in effect both day and night; however, crews will only be working from sunrise to sunset.

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         All lane closures associated with the construction of the Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge are being closely coordinated with Xavier University.

         The approximately $3 million Washington Avenue Pedestrian Bridge project was designed by Burk Kleinpeter. The construction contract was awarded to Command Construction. Construction began in late 2014 and is scheduled to last through 2015.

         Residents should exercise caution when driving, bicycling, or walking near active construction sites.

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