Super Bowl street closures
The City of New Orleans is reminding residents that additional traffic restrictions near the Central Business District are beginning on Saturday in anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl. Starting Saturday, river-bound lanes of Poydras Street will be closed from LaSalle to South Claiborne Avenue and exit 234 B on I-10 East will also be closed.
Traffic restrictions near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will also expand on Saturday and commuters and visitors to the downtown New Orleans area will be most affected by the closure of the river-bound lanes of Poydras Street from LaSalle Street to South Claiborne Avenue.
Poydras exit 234B from I-10 East will also be closed during this time.
Residents who live in the area surrounding the Superdome and visitors to the downtown area are advised to take the Loyola exit from the Pontchartrain Expressway and use Loyola Avenue to get to other downtown streets, including the lake-bound lanes of Poydras, which will remain open during this time.
Those seeking parking in the area will find their options dwindling as the big game nears, although garages at the Superdome will stay accessible from a portion of West Stadium Drive this weekend. Drivers can expect to find only limited parking options throughout the Mardi Gras and Super Bowl festivities and both visitors and residents are encouraged to use public transportation to get to their destinations whenever possible.
Beginning on Jan. 30, enhanced streetcar services will be provided on all streetcar lines, a statement from the city said. Bus services along the streetcar lines will also be added as needed.
Also beginning on Jan. 30 and in effect until Feb. 4, residents should be aware that large portions of the French Quarter will be closed off to vehicles due to heavy pedestrian traffic. A portion of exterior streets will be closed to most traffic from 7pm to 7am and only residents, business owners and customers will be allowed to enter during those times. In addition, a portion of interior streets will be closed to all traffic. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to enter during those times.
For residents who either live or work in the French Quarter accessing parking garages starting on Wednesday of Super Bowl week will be made possible with parking placards. Those interested can pick up their placards from the New Orleans Police Department's Eight District police station.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the area immediately surrounding the Superdome will be a complete no-drive zone and because of all of the street closures and dearth of parking options, fans headed to the game are advised to either walk or take public transportation to the game.
People who need to drive will be able to take the Loyola exit from the Pontchartrain Expressway or the Vieux Carre or Esplanade exits from I-10 East. All lanes of Poydras Street will be closed from St. Charles Avenue to S. Galvez Street and portions of Loyola Avenue, Lasalle Street, Girod Street, Freret Street, South Robertson Street, Magnolia Street and Clara Street near the dome and arena will also be closed.
The city has advised that streets on the downtown side of Tulane Avenue and the river side of Rampart Street will be the best option for game day drivers.
On Friday afternoon, Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will address the media in front of City Hall at 2 p.m. to discuss the coming Super Bowl-related road closures.
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