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New Orleans Mayor Cantrell Reaffirms Contractors' Expectations During Infrastructure Projects

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS – Since May 2018, the City of New Orleans has accomplished many infrastructure projects, with an estimated value of $415.6 million. As of today, the City currently has 69 DPW projects under construction with a value of more than $600 million.

This week, Mayor LaToya Cantrell is reaffirming the contractors’ expectations regarding working on infrastructure projects in the city. It includes projects for the Department of Public Works, the Capital Projects Administration, and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

In the letter written to the contractors, Mayor Cantrell mentioned the city has more than $600 Million in construction with more funds coming down the pipeline.

“It is incumbent upon us all to work together as we move through this unprecedented amount of infrastructure work in our city. That means finding opportunities for more consistent coordination and communication between all contractors to understand how your individual projects may be impacting the neighborhood in which you are working," Mayor Cantrell said.

She also asked contractors to be mindful of both the short-term impacts residents and visitors experience daily and the long-term benefits the improvements will entail.

Mayor Cantrell pointed out few recurring issues, such as deadlines that were not met, unclean construction sites, and residents being unable to access their driveways. If contractors are having issues that may lead to schedule delays, Mayor Cantrell encouraged contractors to contact New Orleans’ Office of Workforce Development’s JOB1 Business and Career Solutions.

Later on, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be monitoring and issuing revised expectations regarding few things, including communication and scheduling protocols, traffic and business impacts, and contract requirements. Periodic performance evaluation will also be conducted for every construction project in the city.

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