Construction on Canal Street Ferry Terminal beginning soon

Construction on Canal Street Ferry Terminal beginning soon

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tens of millions of dollars are being invested into multiple projects on the New Orleans Riverfront.

Construction will start soon on one of the highlights, which is a brand new Canal Street Ferry Terminal.

The new terminal will replace the existing one.

More than $40 million will be spent on the terminal and new pedestrian bridge to go over the train tracks.

The designs for the terminal will be presented Tuesday night on the third floor of the New Orleans Main Library at 6 p.m.

The public will have a chance to comment on the project, which is one of several as part of a plan to reinvent the Riverfront.

According to our partners at Nola.com | The Times-Picayune, the plan has five major components.

Those components are:

  • A more modern landing structure to create a more walkable, open space on the Riverfront
  • A new bus terminal to connect passengers with the streetcar and the ferry
  • Two new modern ferry boats
  • A new streetcar line to Uptown from Canal Street

Once that is all done, the city hopes to add more businesses to attract even more people.

The projects are being funded in part from an Obama-Administration grant of more than $10 million.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the projects are being designed to open up the Riverfront to everyone.

"Despite the proximity, many historic neighborhoods in the public have been cut off from the river and other areas by flood wall, railroads and industrial wharfs," said Landrieu. "Since our founding 300 years ago, The Mississippi River has been our most cherished resource. It is in fact the reason why we are known as The Crescent City."

The city hopes to have the projects done by the end of the tricentennial. Once completed, there will be more than three miles of walkable Riverfront from Spanish Plaza to Crescent Park.