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The $11 million streetscape project intended to beautify and improve almost 2 miles of Tulane Avenue between South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue has kicked off.
A collaboration between the Department of Transportation and Development and the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, the project designed to make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
The project will expand the neutral ground and make the street more narrow, reducing it from 6 lanes to 4. Plans also call for exclusive right-turn lanes at certain intersections, dedicated bike lanes and retention of existing parking lanes. The improved streetscape will include new bus shelters, LED lighting, and more green space.
Overall, officials hope that the streetscape project will help reinvent Tulane Avenue, make the street and surrounding community a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, and help encourage investment in the area.
MidCity Messenger reports that the work being done now is preliminary, but Phase 1 of this Tulane Avenue corridor project is slated to begin in the fall. Altogether, construction is slated to take about two years.