Mid-City Rejoice: Canal Street-City Park Intersection To Reopen Today At 3 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS – Business owners in Mid-City are eagerly anticipating the re-opening of the City Park Avenue and Canal Boulevard intersection, which officials say will happen Monday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

“It can’t come soon enough,” said Jeffrey Bybee, managing partner at MoPho restaurant on City Park Avenue. 

Candice Marti, director of marketing and customer experience at the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) confirms to Biz New Orleans that the intersection will be open to motorists today, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.

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RTA has been working on the Cemeteries Transit Center Project for four months, since July 31. It will extend the city’s Canal streetcar route. Motorists have been unable to access Mid City from the City Park Avenue exit off the interstate during construction and the end of busy Canal Street has been closed.

Despite signs indicating that all businesses were open and accessible, Bybee said the street closing, detours and longer alternate routes have impacted the popular Mid City restaurant’s business.

 “Business went down at least 20-25 percent,” he said. “We used a lot of social media to let people how how to get around it using Carrollton Avenue and Conti Street."

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A bright spot is that business owners hope the extension of the streetcar line will eventually bring more business to their establishments.

“We’re hoping more tourists taking streetcars down to City Park will stop and come eat at MoPho,” Bybee said. The re-opened intersection will also allow quicker access for people coming from Old Metairie.

Another silver lining is that the closure brought together area business owners, who connected over how they were handling day-to-day business. 

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“We've been talking to people at Rosedale Restaurant and others along Canal Street," Bybee said. "All the neighborhood businesses are all ready for this to re-open. We can’t wait.”

-By Jenny Peterson, Associate Editor, Biz New Orleans

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