The entire new roadway of Convention Center Boulevard, from Poydras to Henderson Streets has reopened in time for the new year after Entergy finished the installation of new power poles. Originally, the boulevard was scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic until Tuesday, December 31. The improved boulevard features one lane in each direction with a cobblestone safety strip dividing the two lanes.
“We are excited to announce an earlier-than-anticipated reopening of Convention Center Boulevard to motorists,” said Michael Sawaya, President of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “This is another major milestone in our $557 million capital improvement plan to make us more competitive for meetings and events and much more appealing to our residents. Our thanks to Entergy and Landis Construction for getting this done sooner than expected.”
The new Convention Center Boulevard, which began construction in September 2018, was the result of several extensive traffic studies that took into consideration the needs of event attendees, cruise ship passengers, warehouse district residents and businesses, commuters to the CBD and port freight traffic. The final plan was reviewed and approved through the normal city permitting process.
With the completion of the improved city side of Convention Center Boulevard, crews will continue work constructing the 7.5 acre Public Park that runs the length of the building.
Key design elements of the park include a tree-lined pedestrian promenade, covered terraces, outdoor event spaces, interactive water features, green walls, shaded communal gathering areas, and public art. The park is currently scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020. For a list of major construction milestones, visit http://advantagenola.com/major-milestones/.
The newly opened Convention Center Boulevard will continue to serve visitors to the 2019 NOLA ChristmasFest, which continues at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center through December 31, 2019. NOLA Christmasfest is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with special hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. More details about NOLA Christmasfest are available at https://nolachristmasfest.com/
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 $90.1 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.7 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.