'[It] is a show to the tourists and the nation that we do all these great things,' said Lakeview resident Mike Diasselliss about the pre-Super Bowl beautification projects currently underway.
Uprooted shrubs and downed fencing mark the spot along I-10 eastbound near the Slidell exit where a $717,942 project to improve fencing and landscaping along the I-10 corridor is underway. Its just one of more than a dozen improvements projects underway as crews ready metro New Orleans for the national spotlight.
'I'm not really a big fan of these big projects that go away. They take federal money for limited use for people like Super Bowl visitors and the tourists. But not the citizens who live here,' said Diasselliss.
Eyewitness News obtained documents from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development detailing fourteen 'Super Bowl Prep' projects. The price tags for nine of them range between $273,000 nearly $4.8 million. If you add them all up the total is nearly $13.5 million.
1) Replace and upgrade fencing/landscaping along I-10 corridor.
Estimated Cost: $717,942
Estimated Cost: $700,000
Estimated Cost: $1,325,000.
Estimated Cost: $805,000
Estimated Cost: $288,735
Estimated Cost: $4,796,777
Estimated Cost: $2,374,349
'They've gotta make it right for the Super Bowl you know. For the tourists and all you know,' said Henry Williams. The Gentilly resident would love to see the same tax dollars that are being used for Super Bowl preps, redirected to fix roads and blighted homes in the community.
'We need repairs back in this area especially Burbank [Drive] and Warrington [Drive],' said Williams.
LADOTD says some of those projects were in the works ahead of the Super Bowl; others were recommendations made by the City of New Orleans and the Super Bowl host committee ahead of game day.