New Orleans weekend traffic: Hotspots include Harvey Tunnel, Orleans Avenue

The weekend is upon us, and drivers can expect second-lines and waterline work alike in the New Orleans area to impact traffic flow.

Drivers also should keep in mind that the National Weather Service expects showers and thunderstorms in the area Sunday (April 2) after 1 p.m. If you’re traveling through New Orleans, here’s the rundown on what will impact traffic this weekend.

– The Harvey Tunnel in Jefferson Parish will close all weekend beginning Friday (March 31) at 7 p.m. for maintenance. It is expected to reopen Monday at 5 a.m., according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Drivers are advised to use the elevated Westbank Expressway, Lapalco Boulevard and Fourth Street as alternate routes.

– The Freret Street Festival begins Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and ongoing construction on Jefferson Avenue is only a block away from the event. Drivers should keep in mind that patrons will be spread across Freret from Napoleon Avenue to Valmont Street. More information about the event can be found on the festival’s website.

– In New Orleans, waterline repair work will affect traffic on Orleans Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue this weekend. The west side of Orleans Avenue from Central Park Place to Navarre Avenue will have a left lane closure beginning Friday at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.

– The east side of South Carrollton Avenue between Freret Street and Oak Street will have its left lane closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The west side of South Carrollton Avenue from Cohn Street to Hickory Street will also have a lane closure on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Mardi Gras Indians will hit the streets for Downtown Super Sunday beginning at noon, so drivers might want to keep their processional route in mind. The “Indian Cha Wa” will start at Orleans Avenue and Moss Street, and take Orleans to N. Broad Street. From there, it will go left on North Broad to the corner of St….

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