The last update from S&WB that I'd paid any attention to came several months back during the spring. At that time, we were told that the SELA drainage work on Napoleon Avenue would be completed "by the end of the year."
The long-awaited end of the Napoleon Avenue drainage-canal project is now expected to be the end of the year — all of it — and landscaping on the neutral ground should be done next year, officials with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told neighbors Thursday night.In recent months, their progress has been evident. Most of the culvert is finished and buried. The intersection at Camp Street has reopened. Others are tantalizingly close to completion. At the same time, though, they clearly have a lot of work left to do.
The section of Napoleon from South Claiborne to Carondelet Street is all but finished already, said engineer Ron Spooner of the S&WB and John Fogarty of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a town-hall meeting at the St. Stephen Catholic Church school cafeteria. The box canal has been completely installed, and Boh Brothers contractors are now finishing up replacing curbs and sidewalks that were removed during construction.
So today I happened to glance at the project site to find that the completion date has quietly been moved to July 2017. Get ready for another parade season in the construction zone.
UPDATE: Thanks to the Advocate's Jeff Adelson for checking up on this.
@skooks 2 - The July 2017 date is because they won't be laying sod on the neutral grounds until after Mardi Gras.— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) October 12, 2016
@skooks 3 - Waiting to do the sod means they won't have to close the neutral ground for the parades.— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) October 12, 2016