The final stretch of Fleur de Lis Drive in the Lakeview west neighborhood of New Orleans is finally getting an overdue facelift.

Drive down the street between Harrison Avenue and Old Hammond Highway and bad things can happen to your car.

Between the potholes, broken sections of roadway and deep craters, you better hang on to your steering wheel.

Just ask Genevieve Rheams who walks her dog along this busy street everyday.

"I've had a couple of friends come visit me, they have just like bottomed out, their tire popped on the way to visit me," Rheams said.

Fleur de Lis between the interstate and Harrison was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. The remainder of the street is finally getting fixed as well.

Lakeview Civic Association VP Freddie Yoder says he's been waiting a long time for this project to get underway.

"It's taken almost 25 years to get to this point, right now, so that's a lot of years of frustration and having to put up with what we've put up with over here," Yoder said.

The freshly black-topped southbound lanes, a temporary fix, will be two way traffic while work is being done on the northbound side.

New Orleans realtor Frank Barrett expects the completion of Fleur de Lis to increase property values in the area.

"Because people will not think, oh, the streets are so bad on Fleur de Lis and so forth and there's a lot of work that needs to be done on the side streets, but this is a good start," Barrett said.

Neighbors will be getting more than just a new road surface.

"You're talking about everything brand new from all the new utilities, to all the drainage, to the improvement to the underground base material, to the improvements to the concrete and it will be a concrete roadway," Yoder said.

The entire project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

"I'm willing to deal with all the construction and the headache just so that can get done," Rheams said.

The contractors are expected to work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.