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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

RTA: One more week until Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue intersection opens

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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The intersection at Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue should open to traffic next week (Dec. 4-8), RTA officials say — slightly later than was previously announced.

At an October RTA Board of Commissioners meeting, Transdev director of infrastructure Martin Pospisil announced he expected the project to wrap up by the end of November. In a brief interview Nov. 29, Transdev director of marketing and customer experience Candice Marti said project engineers are still working to finalize testing, including tests of signals at the intersection.

She says the intersection will open "as early as we can" next week, and that the timeline falls within the transit organization's contingency plans for this project.

"We don't consider [this] a delay ... we are still technically on schedule," Marti says. "We're just trying to be cautious."

Because testing is still in progress, a firm date for the intersection's opening has not yet been announced. Unfavorable test results or bad weather could push the opening back.

The intersection has been closed since July as part of the Cemeteries Center Transit Project, which will extend the Canal streetcar line to bus shelters across City Park Avenue. According to Marti, rail service on that part of the streetcar line is still projected to begin in January.

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