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Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
Email: kmoore@wwltv.com | Twitter: @katiecmoore

NEW ORLEANS -- If you feel like you can't go anywhere in New Orleans without hitting a construction project, you're probably right.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to spruce up the city and make post-Katrina repairs to the infrastructure. The good news is there is supposed to be an end in sight: the Super Bowl.

But will all the projects be done by that deadline?

The sights and sounds of construction seem to be drowning out the jazz and 'throw me somethin' mister.' Especially in the French Quarter where an extensive road construction project is underway.

At those corners we'll install the historic blue and white street name tiles. In the French Quarter alone, the state is sinking $11.3 million dollars into new streets and sidewalks.

The contractor said it's the largest investment in the city's most historic neighborhood since the World's Fair in 1984.

But will it be done in time?

'The contractor's hours are extended per the city from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. So, we have longer construction hours and they've just been working really hard to make sure this construction is complete,' said Alex Wommack, spokeswoman for the 'Pathways 2 Progress' road construction program.

But the streets aren't the only major projects underway, including the Superdome itself.

The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District is expanding the footprint of Club XLIV in Champions Square. They also said Wednesday that they're planning to turn the old New Orleans Centre food court into more event space for the NFL.

'We're right on target, right on task. Everything's going as well as we could possibly hope for, so I feel really good about it,' said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The airport is in the middle of a $356 million renovation that so far is slated for completion in January.

The biggest snag so far has been the streetcar. The new Loyola line was originally scheduled for completion in June.

'We found a much more difficult pathway. We actually extended the amount of time that they have and we extended their hours and we actually closed the street off longer,' Landrieu said.

All the players seem confident the city will look shiny and new in the national spotlight on February 3, 2013.

Officials with SMG, the company that manages the Superdome, say they're still negotiating more additions and improvements to Champions Square that will hopefully be in place by the Super Bowl.

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