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Garden District progress draws big plans

  // Saturday, 23 August 2014 22:33 //

As plans progress on what tourism officials hope will be a nearly $1 billion expansion into the Lower Garden District, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is proposing the addition of moving sidewalks to get conventioneers around the nearly mile-long facility, a new centralized hub for buses and taxis under the Pontchartrain Expressway, a realignment of several streets to improve traffic flow, and possibly an upriver extension of the riverfront streetcar line.

The Convention Center has begun seeking a developer for the expansion, which it is envisioned would include a new four-star hotel, high-end shopping and more exhibit space on land between the Pontchartrain Expressway and the old Market Street power plant, officials told the Coliseum Square Association last week.

To prepare for the project, the center has been studying traffic patterns throughout the Central Business District and Lower Garden District, and it is proposing a number of changes that would improve traffic flow enough to handle the increased traffic the expansion would generate, board President Melvin Rodrigue and other officials told residents:

  • The one-way section of Tchoupitoulas Street would be extended from its current end point to the area under the Pontchartrain Expressway, where it would make a loop with South Peters Street, which already is one-way down to Poydras Street.

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