The newly constructed roadway for Convention Center Boulevard, from Julia Street to the river bound Calliope Street will be open on June 1. In that phase, construction will be concentrated on the park side of the project. Motorists can expect intermittent closures for the positioning of heavy equipment. Dedicated cross-walks for pedestrians will continue to have crossing officers during heavy use.
The new roadway will feature one lane in each direction with a cobblestone safety strip dividing the two lanes.
Work on the roadway is part of a $557 million improvement plan that includes converting the linear half of Convention Center Boulevard into a lushly landscaped public park to be completed in the fall of 2020. The park will include public art, water features, and a variety of types of locations to rest and relax.
The next phase of the project to be completed will the Transportation Center located under the Crescent City Connection between the two Calliope Streets. The Transportation Center will be where all shuttles, taxis and ride-shares operate from, reducing the traffic on the Boulevard when completed.
For a list of major construction milestones, visit http://advantagenola.com/major-milestones/.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.