More Magazine construction set to further slow summertime business
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Starting Monday, you will need to find a new route if you're traveling through parts of Uptown.
After months of work at Jefferson and Louisiana Avenues, more road construction is slated to begin on Magazine. While they say the work must be done, business owners in the area tell us this is going put a strain on what's already considered a slow season.
"It's going to be difficult for sure," said White Roach Owner Danielle Dietze.
Dietze is trying to stay optimistic. She just found out construction is set for the intersection of Nashville and Magazine, just a stone's throw from her business.
"My brain is already racking around what I'm going to do," said Dietze.
Dietze says summertime business is already sparce without the added stressors of closed streets.
"We're in a high foot traffic area and majority of our customers are walking around Magazine Street, up and down, so it's definitely going to impact us with our business," Dietze said.
July 9, the city will close the intersection to repair two drainage lines. After that, it's set to be repaved to take care of the dip in the road. Traffic will be rerouted to Jefferson and State Street between Tchoupitoulas and St. Charles.
"When the street initially began to collapse, they came and did a temporary fix, which are the steel plates," said Cafe Luna Owner Greg Hill.
Hill says he's looking forward to a permanent fix but not the toll it will take on business.
"It's going to be loud and noisy and who knows what else. There are going to be piles of stuff here and there," Hill explained.
While he says Summer is slow, Hill says he'd much rather see the work done now instead of during the holidays or Carnival season.
"We'll be more active on social media just making sure people know we're still here and open," said Hill. "Just getting people to make that extra effort to get through the intersection, maybe park an extra block away."
While the work is set to last three weeks, Dietze expects it will take much longer.
"I don't believe it's only going to be three weeks. I think it's probably going to take a lot more. Those things you never know, it's unpredictable. You don't know what's going to happen," she said.