Ahead of the Super Bowl, partial Poydras Street closure begins Saturday

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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 6:42 PM

Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS-- It is one of the main roadways into downtown New Orleans-- but the Superdome's location on Poydras Street, makes it one traffic artery, which is about to be cut off.

"We need a certain perimeter to take place," said Col. Jerry Sneed, director of New Orleans Homeland Security.

That perimeter means Poydras Street-- between Claiborne Ave. and LaSalle St.-- heading towards the river, will shut down Saturday at 2 p.m.

"On Poydras, they're going to start laying the gates, in order for our guests to come into the Superdome. The main entrance will be coming there right there along Poydras," Col. Sneed said. "So, there will be tents set up for protection and electrical run, so they can go through the security measures when they get their tickets and they're coming into the Superdome."

What's more, the I-10 eastbound exit ramp for Poydras Street will also be closed. That means commuters, who come in from west of the city and work downtown, will need to find a new way to work next week.

"I live in Metairie and I usually take the 234-B exit to the Superdome," said Kristen Camp, who works downtown. "With the road closures and all the craziness with the Super Bowl and what not, I'll be taking Loyola and going through some buildings, finding my way here."

"I usually come in on the Vieux Carre exit and come in the back streets," said Jeff Hebert, who also works downtown. "[I] Haven't really thought much about how it's going to work."

Officials said, though, they want commuters to carefully think about their plans before they head to work next week.

"It's not a perfect situation. We understand that," Col. Sneed said. "We're trying to give our citizens the information they need well in advance, so they can try to find that best route in."

There are also several Carnival parades rolling this weekend. For those who plan to come downtown to watch them the partial Poydras closure may affect how spectators get there.

For more information on street closures, click here
 

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