Here are some of the stories for today:
The City of New Orleans issued a traffic advisory for North Rampart Street for Saturday, February 2. From 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., North Rampart Street will be closed from Esplanade Avenue to St. Peter Street for traffic heading towards Canal Street and the Central Business District. Residents are encouraged to avoid this area if at all possible.
In advance of the NFL Honors Show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Saturday, February 2, Louis Armstrong Park will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday, February 3. Access will continue to be limited as the NFL loads out.
NFL Experience promises Super Bowl activities for all ages
(You can have a lot of Super Bowl fun without stepping foot inside the Superdome!)
What if you meet the NFL commish in New Orleans?
(We've all seen the banners and signs around New Orleans UN-welcoming Roger Goodell to the city, but what if you actually run into him while he's in town?)
(If you're really into the history of the Super Bowl, you can buy a part of it.)
Today, Young Leadership Council (YLC) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to announce the completion of improvements to the New Orleans Terminal Railroad Bridge—the train trestle extending across Interstate 10 at the Jefferson / Orleans parish line. The project’s completion coincides with the beginning of the festivities surrounding Super Bowl XLVII.
YLC member and local attorney Chris Kane first introduced the bridge revitalization project.
“This new signage serves as a welcome mat to visitors driving from the airport,” said Kane. “The YLC is elated to have our ‘Proud To Call It Home’ message greeting the thousands of 49ers and Ravens fans who will be traveling to town in the next few days.”
Starting in November, maintenance teams began cleaning and painting the entire bridge—both the steel and concrete portions—and replaced the road signs mounted to the structure. YLC provided vinyl wraps with the seal of the City of New Orleans, the logo for the Super Bowl 2013 Host Committee, and the “Proud To Call It Home” slogan from YLC’s popular civic pride campaign, launched in 1994.
“The New Orleans Terminal Railroad Bridge has served as an important gateway to New Orleans since Interstate 10 was first constructed in the 1960s,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Restoring this bridge is an important symbol that New Orleans is putting its game face on as we host Super Bowl XLVII. Through a dynamic partnership with the Young Leadership Council and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, this newly restored bridge will help us welcome the world.”
Installed earlier this week, the logos are positioned on the pillars of the bridge, on both sides, to be visible to travelers entering and exiting New Orleans along Interstate 10.
YLC has a strong history of engaging young professionals and civic leaders to make improvements to the community. In 1991, the organization raised more than $500,000 to install lights on the Crescent City Connection.
“The YLC is proud of this city and of our role in its renaissance in recent years,” said YLC President Richard Pavlick. “These improvements depict the passion found in our community, and Chris Kane’s leadership in seeing this to completion is a testament to the YLC’s commitment to our moving New Orleans forward.”
Brees Dream Foundation and Companies with a Mission (CWAM) – The Super Service Challenge
On Wednesday afternoon, winners of the Super Service Challenge, an initiative launched by the Brees Dream Foundation and Companies with a Mission (CWAM), giving away $1,000,000 to New Orleans-area nonprofits will be announced. Celebrity judges of the Challenge who will also be recognized at the press conference include Ruby Bridges, Brittany Brees and Trombone Shorty.
Gray Line New Orleans - SUPER City Tour
Monday, Jan. 28 – Monday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
"Lighthouse" ticket office at Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat Natchez Dock)
The SUPER City Tour includes three centuries of history, legends and romance with a Super Bowl twist. Riders will experience all the sights that make New Orleans unique, including the French Quarter, a historic New Orleans cemetery, Bayou St John, the Garden District and more. Exclusively for the week of the Super Bowl, this tour will also feature a view of the Mercedes Benz Super Dome with Super Bowl trivia and fun facts.
New Orleans celebrates new entrance to Morial Convention Center--Bayoubuzz