The construction of North Boulevard Town Square will begin a new phase, a development with traffic implications beginning Tuesday.

The Downtown Development District said Thursday that beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday:

• North Boulevard westbound will be closed completely to thru traffic between Third Street and Fourth Street/St. Ferdinand Street. This is expected to be closed until 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

• North Boulevard eastbound from St. Louis Street to St. Ferdinand (in front of 19th Judicial District Courthouse) will be re-opened to traffic. St. Louis Street will revert back to one lane between Louisiana Avenue to North Boulevard. Louisiana Street will revert back to two-way traffic between St. Louis Street and St. Ferdinand Street.

Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Telephone inquiries can be directed to Department of Public Works’ Traffic Engineering Division at (225) 389-3246.

The change is due to the fact that crews are going to be working on the north side of North Boulevard after completing much of the work on the south side.

Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said that the Hebe statue has returned to North Boulevard and that some pedestrian access to the courthouse will be opened Tuesday.

When the $9.6 million project is completed next year, North Boulevard between River Road and Fifth Street will be a public park featuring a large stage and Town Lawn for concerts and events; pedestrian friendly streets and walkways; have high-tech amenities like free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets at benches and tables; seating for at least 250; a digital screen and a sound system so people can watch movies or even LSU football games; LED lighting embedded in the ground and overhead; and a tree-lined promenade that stretches from one end of the park to the other.