NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Carnival season kicks into high gear this weekend with parades rolling on both the north and south shores. But construction is expected to impact the Carnival fun in Uptown New Orleans.
The Uptown parades begin Friday night with Oshun and Cleopatra, both which lineup on Napoleon. While the parade routes won't be affected by all the construction, where you watch the parades may be.
Large areas of the neutral ground along Napoleon all the way from Laurel to Claiborne will be closed because of construction. There will also be some areas blocked off on Magazine at Jefferson.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the Sewerage and Water Board are working on a nearly billion-dollar drainage project that will take a few years to complete. In the meantime, a number of Uptown streets are under construction.
"What these projects are going to do is allow water to get off the streets quicker," Rene Poche of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "We won't have that water standing in the streets like in past years. Water will go into the box culverts that are big enough to drive a school bus through. It'll be held there until it can be pumped out into the lake."
Napoleon Avenue, S. Claiborne to Carondelet: (Map in sidebar)
The lake-bound Napoleon Ave. traffic plan will remain unchanged.
The river-bound Napoleon Avenue will remain unchanged with the exception of traffic change at St. Charles.
The Mi-Jack Crane will be positioned in closed median at Freret Street intersection.
Loyola Street will be temporarily opened for Mardi Gras.
River-bound Napoleon traffic will transition to two lanes south of Baronne Street (starting February 12 or 13) for Rex parade; will transition back to one lane south of St. Charles Avenue.
Napoleon Avenue, Carondelet to Laurel: (Map in sidebar)
Lake-bound Napoleon Ave. will be completely open.
River-bound Napoleon Ave will only have outside (right) lane open.
Lake-bound Napoleon Avenue neutral ground will have approximately five-feet open between fencing and curb.
River-bound Napoleon will transition to two lanes south of Baronne Street (starting February 12 or 13) for Rex parade turning; will transition back to one lane south of St. Charles Ave.
Pedestrian access to be provided through the work-zone between Perrier Street and Chestnut Street (location TBD).
Jefferson Avenue, Magazine to Constance: (Map in sidebar)