Railroad freight traffic could be shifted of tracks that run through one of Louisiana's most affluent neighborhoods if planners get their way.
But it could take $700 million to make the shift.
State transportation officials are studying whether to reroute freight trains from a track that bisects one of the most affluent parts of Metairie to a combination of tracks that would parallel Earhart Expressway and pass through the Hollygrove neighborhood on New Orleans' western edge.
The 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four tourney wraps up tonight, but traffic restrictions around the New Orleans Arena will remain in effect through Wednesday evening.
Dave Dixon Dr. between Magnolia Ave. and Le Rouge Street, and Le Rouge St. between Dave Dixon Dr. and Howard Ave., will remain closed until 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, according to the City of New Orleans.
The Belle Chasse Tunnel is closing for a week for work to stop groundwater from leaking into the tunnel.
The Army Corps of Engineers says the tunnel will close overnight — from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. — from Monday through Thursday. It will close 24 hours a day over the weekend, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and reopening at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 18.
The corps says more work will be needed to fully eliminate seepage, but the tunnel is expected to stay open after March 18.
State highway officials say work will begin in April on a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 190 that straddles Bayou Chinchuba in Mandeville.
The Times-Picayune reports the $11.3 million project will correct what many frustrated motorists have referred to as a hiccup in an earlier road improvement effort designed to ease east-west traffic flow through the heart of the city.
Hazardous cargo transportation will be restricted throughout the City of New Orleans on Super Bowl Sunday, the state Department of Transportation and Development has announced.
The restrictions will be in place from 12:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. on Feb. 3.
Hazardous cargo will be redirected from I-10 West to I-610 West, from I-10 East to I-610 East, and will not be permitted to cross the Crescent City Connection. U.S. 90, U.S. 61 and the Huey P. Long bridge will not be restricted, the department has said.
The Tchoupitoulas Street exit from the Crescent City Connection will be restricted from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Sunday, Feb. 3 to accommodate Super Bowl-related events at the Convention Center.
All traffic during the restricted period will be forced to turn right onto Tchoupitoulas Street and head upriver, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development. No traffic will be permitted to go straight on Calliope, or turn left onto Tchoupitoulas.