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NEWORLEANS - Those driving near the old Carrollton Shopping Center may have noticed the frame of a Costco building taking its place. Drivers have also likely dealt with traffic restrictions due to the construction.

On Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for the new store coming to the Uptown area.

Besides putting up the building, there is a lot of work being done in the area to prepare for the store.

The city is overseeing over $5 million in improvement projects on S. Carrollton from the Pontchartrain Expressway to Palm Street.

There is also some work happening on streets within the Gert Town neighborhood.

The projects will all upgrade the infrastructure in the area.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the goal is to improve the drainage, traffic flow and pedestrian accessibility around the new warehouse.

New sidewalks, handicap curb ramps and re-paved roadways are part of the changes.

The additions come with a price tag for area drivers.

The first phase of the street-scape project's construction will include closure of both the northbound and southbound far right travel lanes on South Carrollton Avenue.

Traffic impacts will continue through the summer.

When the lanes reopen, there will be a 148,000 square foot Costco warehouse.

The project will create approximately 200 full and part-time jobs and result in a capital investment of over $40 million.

The groundbreaking is set for 3 p.m. at Carrollton and Washington

The new Costco is set to open during summer 2013.

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