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Mayor releases new details on holiday street closures

if you have plans on parking in the French Quarter, think again

New Year on Bourbon Street
Photo by Bart Everson, via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, December 29, the Office of the Mayor released details on its holiday security measures to take place during the New Year Holiday.

Starting Friday, December 30, at 8 p.m. The French Quarter will be under controlled access on Canal, Decatur and Rampart Streets and Esplanade Avenue.

Between December 31 and January 3, the 100-800 blocks on Bourbon Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Additionally, the following streets will be affected by the city.

* From 6 p.m.–6 a.m., there will be no parking on Canal St. from Convention Center Blvd. to N. Villere St.

* From noon–6 a.m. each day, there will be no parking in the French Quarter from Canal St. to St. Ann St. between Dauphine St. and Royal St.

* Between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m. each day, entry to the French Quarter will be controlled from Canal St., Decatur St., Esplanade Ave. and Rampart St.

* Vehicles will not be able to cross Bourbon St. and will be detoured at all points along Dauphine and Royal Streets. Large trucks, busses, and vans may be made to detour out of the area completely.

* Motorists should be prepared for heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic as security measures are being increased.

According to the office of the Mayor, the city will install temporary light towers for better visibility, supply both NOPD and Louisiana State Police personnel to patrol the French Quarter, and special operation units policing Bourbon Street and other highly populated areas during the events.