Canal Street bottleneck for RTA streetcar work ends

Posted on: August 12 2015

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The bottleneck that has gripped one of Canal Street's busiest intersections for the past month while crews install a new streetcar track is over, the Regional Transit Authority has announced.

Traffic reopened in time for morning rush hour Wednesday (Aug. 11) between Liberty and Burgundy streets, according to the announcement. Two lanes in both directions on Canal shuttled commuters to work. One lane in both directions remained closed so crews could add road striping.

The RTA's contractor, Archer Western, has been installing a junction in the streetcar track known as a half grand union to unite the under-construction Rampart streetcar line with the existing tracks on Canal Street and Loyola Avenue. Crews had worked around the clock for the past month to impact traffic as little as possible.

Streetcar service on Loyola, Canal and the downtown section of St. Charles Avenue is expected to resume Thursday, the RTA announced.

By Richard Rainey, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The bottleneck that has gripped one of Canal Street's busiest intersections for the past month while crews install a new streetcar track is over, the Regional Transit Authority has announced.

Traffic reopened in time for morning rush hour Wednesday (Aug. 11) between Liberty and Burgundy streets, according to the announcement. Two lanes in both directions on Canal shuttled commuters to work. One lane in both directions remained closed so crews could add road striping.

The RTA's contractor, Archer Western, has been installing a junction in the streetcar track known as a half grand union to unite the under-construction Rampart streetcar line with the existing tracks on Canal Street and Loyola Avenue. Crews had worked around the clock for the past month to impact traffic as little as possible.

Streetcar service on Loyola, Canal and the downtown section of St. Charles Avenue is expected to resume Thursday, the RTA announced.