NEW ORLEANS—Plans for the transformation of Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans, which will connect the bustling Warehouse/Arts District with the historic French Quarter and dramatically transform the guest experience at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is becoming a reality.
A new linear park will update the urban environment with a tree-lined pedestrian plaza, bike lanes, moving walkways, sleek overhangs, fountains, green walls, water walls, and shaded sitting areas for visitors.
The construction time line of these improvements include ample added days to work around the schedule of events to minimize any impact. The staff of the Convention Center is working closely with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to identify which events will occur during construction so that construction can be stopped and started accordingly and any accommodations that may need to be made are accounted for well in advance.
The Convention Center recently filed plans with the City of New Orleans to begin construction on the $65 million project. Plans are pending approval from the Louisiana Department of Transportation after which a construction time line will be established.
Two key components of the transformation are a multi-modal transportation hub where shuttles will more efficiently move attendees to and from the Center, and improvements to several roads and intersections within the Warehouse District that are the normal shuttle route.