NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Bourbon Street is back under construction after the city overlooked a problem during the initial phase of an infrastructure overhaul.
In the 100 block of Bourbon Street, crews are working again after months of construction last year. This time they're ripping up a 10-foot section of the street that was freshly paved in order to reconnect a sewer line that the city didn't realize needed to be connected.
During that time, the city promised that each block of Bourbon would only take a month to revamp. Instead, the project lasted far longer, and the first phase was cut short before the 500 to 800 blocks could be remodeled as outlined in the original plan.
Business owners say during the first phase of construction, sales dropped by 70 percent while the street was crowded with construction equipment and barrier fences.
This time around, workers in the area say there's a stench, and they hope the work fixes that. They're hoping that it won't take too long to get back to normal.
"Usually we get the notification and it turns out to be something different, so hopefully it'll just be what they say it will be and nothing more," said Hustler Hollywood store manager Laura Talbert. "They say it's only supposed to last a week, so we're hoping it really does only last a week.
The crew is familiar with the project and say this work should only take about a week. The city says it'll will cost about $25,000 to be paid for by Public Works and the Sewerage and Water Board.