Monday, March 07, 2022 at 9:21:49 AM
State Project No. H.005168
Federal Project No. H005168
Avondale Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study
Jefferson & Orleans Parishes
Live Oak Boulevard, Willswood Lane, George Street, and Avondale Garden Road

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and the railroads operating in the New Orleans metropolitan area will hold a Virtual Public Scoping Meeting for the Avondale Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of closing the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe roadway-rail at-grade crossings at Live Oak Boulevard, Willswood Lane, George Street and Avondale Garden Road and replacing them with one, or possibly more, road-over-rail grade separations. The location and number of grade separations will be evaluated as part of this study.

The Virtual Public Scoping Meeting will be held online for 38 consecutive days from March 9, 2022 through April 15, 2022 to present the study, its goals and schedule, and to solicit comments and key issues to be considered. The Scoping Meeting will consist of a pre-recorded presentation, meeting exhibits, and contact information to provide comments or to be added to the study distribution list to receive future notices. To access the Scoping Meeting, go to www.dotd.la.gov/AvondalePELStudy.

All interested parties are invited to review the Scoping Meeting materials and are encouraged to comment. Comment forms can be completed online, mailed to the address shown on the form, or submitted via email to NORG@mbakerintl.com. Indicate “NORG Avondale PEL Study Public Scoping Meeting Comment Form” as the subject. Comment forms must be received or postmarked no later than April 15, 2022 to be included in the public record. If internet access is unavailable or other special assistance is required for Scoping Meeting participation, please contact The Hawthorne Agency, Inc. by mail or telephone. The contact information is listed below.

New Orleans Rail Gateway Program
Avondale PEL Study
c/o The Hawthorne Agency, Inc.
PO Box 56845
New Orleans, LA 70156