NEW ORLEANS – With a string of high-profile events in town over the next few days, including the Sugar Bowl and BCS Championship game, police are increasing their presence in the French Quarter and Central Business District and announcing traffic plans for the big events.
Police said there will be an increased presence of officers in the downtown area, French Quarter and other areas where crowds gather. Officers on foot and the Mounted Unit will also be patrolling during the Bowl games, as they did for New Year's Eve.
Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., vehicular traffic may be restricted in the following areas: N. Rampart Street to Decatur Street to Dumaine Street to Canal Street. Closures will be predicated on the flow of pedestrian traffic in the area. Officers will allow French Quarter residents, taxis and hotel guests inside of that area.
The same restrictions will be in place Jan. 7 through Jan. 9 for the BCS championship featuring LSU and Alabama.
In the event of heavy traffic, Canal Street may be partially restricted as well, police said. Vehicular traffic will not be allowed to cross Bourbon from Canal to Dumaine Street. These restrictions will be enforced on Jan. 3 and again Jan. 7 through Jan. 9, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
For the Bowl games, parking in the French Quarter and Downtown will be limited, so it is strongly suggested citizens utilize carpools, taxicabs or other forms of public transportation. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
Prior to the kickoff of the Bowl games, on Jan. 3 and Jan. 9, lake-bound vehicular traffic may be restricted on Poydras Street, between St. Charles Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue, to accommodate crowds heading into the Superdome.
New Orleans City Hall will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday because of the Sugar Bowl crowds downtown.