Crews repair Canal Street collapse; roadway reopens

Canal Street reopens after crews repair road collapse

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Crews reopened a section of Canal Street near the river after emergency repairs were made to fix a road collapse.

The collapse happened in April when a portion of the street fell into an underground tunnel, which was once built as a six-lane highway, but is now defunct.

Emergency repairs took seven weeks to complete, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that was well under schedule.

The repairs were slated to cost as much as $5 million dollars, but the contractor was able to finish the job for just more than $3.5 million.

Mayor Landrieu championed the project as "Mission Accomplished" after a speedy fix, but admitted there are many more potholes and sinkholes around the city that still need money and manpower to fix.

"If there's not enough money and you don't have teams in place, it takes longer," Landrieu said. "I didn't create this problem when they built the city on top of a swamp and then we suffer through the hurricane. That is a challenge that we're going to have."

The mayor said the cost of the Canal Street fix will likely be split between the city, the federal government and Harrah's Casino.

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