Additional project adds to abundance of Uptown road construction

More orange cones are coming to Uptown roads. It's part of a $1.5 billion construction project aimed at improving drainage on the streets of New Orleans.

Work already underway on Napoleon will be complete by the end of 2016. Now, a similar project begins on Louisiana. With construction also closing lanes on Jefferson, that means more traffic headaches for drivers navigating the river to lake-bound roads Uptown.

Work is set to begin in coming weeks on Louisiana Avenue.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the Sewerage and Water Board will construct a concrete canal running underground along Louisiana from Constance to South Claiborne.

A spokesperson for the project told our partners at Times Picayune that side roads off Louisiana could be closed often during the construction, but no more than two consecutive crossings will be closed at the same time.

Project engineers say all of the drainage work should be complete by spring of 2018.

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