FEMA Funded $588 Million Road in New Orleans to Begin in 2020
New Orleans is still seeing the aftermath caused by Hurricane Katrina. After years of waiting, city officials announced that the FEMA funded $588 million projects will begin this year. The long-awaited process of allocating the spending down money will be used to fix roads and underground pipe projects around the city of New Orleans.
The $588 million projects will include 85 projects around the city according to Public Works Director Keith LaGrange. The combined projects will make up “the largest slice of the settlement to get underway after years of delays and slow progress.”
The projects fall under the $1.8 billion settlement with FEMA that was made to cover damage to streets and underground utilities caused by Katrina. The settlement itself was approved in 2015 and all projects are slated to be underway by 2023.
“This is a big win,” said Ramsey Green, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s deputy chief administrative officer for infrastructure.
Cantrell took office in May 2018 when only four of the projects estimating $55 million were under construction. During the first 18 months of her duties, around another $180 million projects under the agreement began.
Cities to be affected by the projects that will begin construction in 2020 are Audubon, Filmore, Hollygrove, the Lakefront, Milneburg, St. Claude, the Lower 9th Ward and various areas of New Orleans East and Algiers.
The work for these projects includes the reconstruction of entire streets. Thanks to the city’s Public Works Department and the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans who completed the archaeological and environmental studies required to receive FEMA funding and streamlined the whole process.
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