The city this week began work on a project to repair brick pavers on The Strand, reducing traffic to one-way until May.
As part of a $400,000 project, crews have begun rehabilitating the bricks between 21st and 24th streets, which are heavily worn and make pedestrian crossing difficult, city spokeswoman Marissa Barnett said.
Crews will first work on the southern half of the four intersections, restricting drivers to one-way traffic heading west, Barnett said.
“The work on the intersections is happening concurrently to speed up the process and reduce the inconvenience to downtown,” Barnett said.
During the second phase of the work, drivers will be restricted to one-way traffic heading east, as crews work on the north side of the intersections, Barnett said.
The project is scheduled for completion in mid-May, but work on the south side should be completed before Mardi Gras, which begins Feb. 22, Barnett said. Crews will hold off on starting the north side until after the festival, which ends March 5, Barnett said.
The city asks drivers to use Harborside Drive and Mechanic Street as detours during the construction.
The project’s $400,000 comes from bond money approved by voters in 2017, Barnett said.