Streetcar work will impact Canal Street

Streetcar work will impact Canal Street

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Holland Surtain leaves his house at five every morning, two hours before his shift begins.

He may need to get up even earlier beginning this weekend.

"I'll have to find out see how bad it affects me. normally, 2 hours gives a good cushion but I'll have to see what happens Sunday to find out how it's going to play out," he says.

As work continues on the North Rampart/St. Claude Avenue streetcar line, the project will expand onto one of the city's busiest streets.

Beginning Sunday, Canal will go from three lanes in each direction to one. North Rampart will be closed from Canal to Iberville.

The area is busy even when all lanes are open, with streetcar and bus stops and traffic going in and out of the French Quarter.

Transportation officials warn there will be backups.

"It's going to be total chaos," says Doris Franklin, who walks to work. "Bumper to bumper traffic."

Workers will be out at the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and hope to have this part of the project finished in 30 days.

In the meantime, Christina Young knows to leave early and focus on positive.

"I enjoy the sunshine," she says. "I enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass and the tourists and I love New Orleans and that's how I get through it. I just take it for what it is and do what I have to do."

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