NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A traffic advisory has been issued to temporarily close portions of Washington Avenue and Drexel Drive in the Gert Town neighborhood near Xavier University.
The city is currently constructing an elevated pedestrian crossing over Washington Avenue, the Washington Avenue Drainage Canal and Drexel Drive.
Through April 3, officials say both the river-bound and lake-bound travel lanes of Washington Avenue will be closed between Short and Pine streets. The closure will allow the construction contractor to drive steel pilings for the new bridge's landing pads which will be located on either side of Washington Avenue. The approximate six-day traffic closure will remain in effect both day and night. However, crews will only be working from sunrise to sunset.
Through April 5, Drexel Drive will be closed between Pine and Short streets to allow the construction contractor to drive steel pilings for the new elevator tower being constructed near the north end of Xavier University.
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 late in 2014 and is scheduled to last through 2015.