NEW ORLEANS – It’s a big weekend in New Orleans with thousands of people in town for the Bayou Classic. After the game, many head to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street but with construction going on, some may find it a hassle.
Some people from New Orleans like Phyliss Enclade think the construction is no big deal.
“I just keep it moving. Bourbon Street is Bourbon Street. I love Bourbon Street! Everybody loves Bourbon Street. Just step over it and keep moving,” Enclade said.
Brooklyn thinks all the mess is worth it.
“We know that it's going to be better after,” she said.
Greg and his family are visiting from out of town and they say they don’t have any problem with it.
“No, because it's a necessary improvement so if people want to embellish what New Orleans is they have to put up with a little bit of construction and hassle. So, when it's done I'm sure it will be much more beautiful,” he said.
However, another tourist disagrees.
“I kinda avoid it cause it bugs me. I narrows up everything and makes you feel a little Closter phobic,” Dot Thomas said.
And Darlean Minor is fed up.
“This is ridiculous. When are they going to finish it? They start something and then they don't finish it. That's what I am upset about,” Minor said.
She says the construction has taken too long.
“Mardi Gras is in a couple of months and it still aint fixed,” she said.
The city says the Bourbon Street Project will be finished in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to wrap up at the end of the year. The city is currently evaluating a schedule and budget for the second phase. The total price tag is about $13 million.