The construction that has snarled traffic around North Rampart and Canal streets is over, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Wednesday.
Crews have wrapped up work on the project tying the new Rampart streetcar line into the Canal Street and Loyola Avenue lines, clearing the way for removal of the barricades that have restricted travel on Canal Street for a month.
The last piece of the project, restriping the lanes of traffic along Canal Street, was expected to be completed on Wednesday.
Work on the streetcar line had required that Rampart be closed at Canal, with vehicles rerouted to other streets. Traffic on Canal, meanwhile, was routed to just one side of the divided roadway, producing a month’s worth of headaches at one of the city’s busiest intersections.
Fortunately, the project wrapped up on time after 30 days.
The streetcar lines in the area are expected to return to normal service by Thursday morning.
The next phase of work on the streetcar line, which will run from Canal to Elysian Fields, will focus on the line’s other end. Crews are now working in the area between Esplanade and Elysian Fields avenues and preparing the roadway from Orleans Avenue to Elysian Fields.