Neighbors upset with fast pace of Tulane Stadium construction

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 10:41 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
Email: jkelley@wwltv.com | Twitter: @jkelleyWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- Construction crews are on an aggressive schedule to complete Tulane University's new football stadium by next year.

Already, parts of Yulman Stadium's steel shell are in place, but the accelerated pace of the project is not setting well with neighbors.

Tulane University broke ground on its new football stadium back in January, and already the progress of the project can be seen.

"To actually see all that work coming into place and actually being built and fitting together the way it is, is exciting," said Woodward Designs+Build Vice President Ken Flower.

The underground foundations and pile-driving phase is complete and crews are entering phase two, which included the installation of six stadium light polls.

Flower, who is overseeing the project, says they are doing all they can to make sure the stadium is completed next July, just in time for the 2014 football season.

"One of the things we are doing on this project is a lot of off-site pre-fabrication so we can accelerate the schedule," said Flower

While the university is excited about the progress, neighbors are not happy about the accelerated pace of the project.

"They promised us that it would be five days a week and they switched it to six days a week to accommodate the aggressive schedule," said Uptown resident Doug Ryan.

From the beginning neighbors have voiced their concerns about the nuisances the heavy construction would cause and now they say the university isn't living up to its promises.

"When the heavy construction equipment is moving about it shakes the house, the whole house," said Ryan. "It's like a small earthquake."

Homeowner Michael Tubbs says it is more than just the noise that is a problem. His home has been for sale for five months, but recently he took it off the market because the new stadium has turned off potential buyers.

"When there is a lot of construction activity, pile-driving, cranes and things going on, it has literally scared people away," said Tubbs.

The $70 million stadium is replacing the former Tulane Stadium, which was previously home to the Saints and host to three of the first nine Super Bowls. Once completed, the football team will play a game on campus for the first time in 40 years.

 

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